A guest post by PAA parent, Jill Lee.
We choose PAA year after year because of the values it teaches the kids, the focus it places on each individual and the friendships it has created for our daughter. During the 2 weeks of PAA I will come by a little early so that I can sit in on the final part of the day when everyone is gathered on the stage and the kids share the highlights of their day. I love that the focus of the last part of the day is not about the performance but about how they can all work to support each other and how they can apply what they learned in that day’s session when they go home. PAA instills the values of respect, strong character, commitment, good work ethic and having fun!
PAA has become a major highlight of our summers and we look forward to seeing how all the kids have grown and progressed from the previous year. I am impressed with what the kids learn in just 2 short weeks and have so much fun doing it! I know that PAA has contributed to building our daughter’s self-confidence and it is displayed in everything she does for church, school or extra-curricular activities.
I think the family groups bring the younger and older participants together in a special way. The older kids watch out for the younger kids and really act like young mentors as they all move through each year of PAA together. The friendships my daughter has developed at PAA are based on mutual respect for each other no matter the part each is assigned in a show and span from the very youngest of participants all way to the oldest. We are so excited to have our son experience PAA for the first time this summer and see how his PAA experience will shape him!