Like many 11-year olds, my son “forgets” to thank people on occasion. But in his bio for his role in his last CASA play, a spot where he could have written about his love of acting or something else, he thanked Leslie Einhorn for creating the CASA play. I love that he didn’t thank his parents or his friends or his co-actors, but he thanked Leslie for making it all possible. I also thank Leslie for creating the CASA play as it’s an extremely important part of the kids’ elementary school experience on many levels.
What I like about CASA is mostly everything. The plays are really, really, really cool.
I think that CASA is a unique place filled with unique people, and I can’t imagine our lives or our children’s lives without it. You have helped us through the big and the small triumphs and tragedies of childhood. We love you like a part of our family!
I love CASA’s art program, especially the play we do every year. It helped my confidence grow and my creativity soar.
The fact that the kids are immersed in making art, while practicing social justice, is truly stunning to me. CASA meets my kids’ needs in so many ways–intellectually, socially, emotionally…and really, it’s their home away from home. CASA’s emphasis on letting kids figure out their own way in the world is so perfect for us–the adults are attentive and caring but not overbearing. Every child is respected, nurtured even, as she or he is…
CASA gave both of our children a place to develop their creativity, help manage the drama of growing up, and learn about and discuss complex social justice issues about race, gender, economic class, and LGBT rights with acceptance, understanding, and humor. CASA is a big part of the “special sauce” of Rooftop – a place where creative and sensitive people thrive and are challenged to stretch themselves in a great group of friends. And when we go to the annual musical and see all of those children out on stage with characters they developed and a production masterminded by Leslie and the amazing and talented team, I say to myself, “thank goodness we get to live in SF and our kids get to experience this!”
We cannot sing high enough praise for the CASA program. The staff is friendly, kind, patient, “present,” and artistically talented. CASA “gets” that every kid is different. Leslie consistently hires great people and enough people to make it possible for every kid to get the care and attention they need. They appreciate each kid for who they are… It is not a one-size fits all operation.
Through the gentle and persistent efforts of the CASA staff, our daughter has overcome her stage fright, and as a fifth grader, is now creating her lead character for the CASA play without a sign of nerves.
Every teacher that you have is calm about things, they don’t lose their temper. And they explain very well. CASA gives kids an opportunity to show their passion for whatever!
Rooftop has enjoyed a strong reputation for many years. I believe that CASA is a huge, part of Rooftop’s success. As a teacher at Rooftop, I have observed that CASA students develop stronger social-emotional skills, artistic confidence, and problem solving skills.
CASA doesn’t judge you. The teachers are unique. They are friendly and kind.
CASA supports our family for exactly who we are both individually and together. As a queer family, CASA is one of the few places where the children don’t have to educate the adults about who their family is. CASA is the place for diverse children to learn about social justice through arts education.
CASA provides incredible programming to help children grow up as conscientious citizens. Our kids are in arts programming year round. The culmination of this is always the CASA play, when kids come together with CASA artists to create a multimedia musical that speaks the minds of San Francisco citizens and CASA students alike.