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Customer Quotes

“Great products...one of the best curriculum's out there, great help for teaching our video class" -Christine R., Principal, Trinity Lutheran School, Kalispell, MT

"Screenwriting was awesome, our kids really loved these activities. It was also really nice to provide such a creative curriculum that addresses the standards in such a fun way." - Heather S., Director, After School, City of Fairfield, CA

“Having taught at the high school and college level, I was impressed with this curriculum. The materials and guidance were well put together and very thoughtful." - Michael L., Artist, Shea After School, Syracuse, NY

“This amazing program has enabled my students to comprehend the process of forensic science as well as the sophisticated vocabulary encompassed in the program's lessons.” - Erica T., Freehold Public Schools, Freehold, NJ

“This is a well organized course that I would highly recommend to other programs.” - Chad S., Teacher, School #18, Buffalo, NY

“The program is awesome! I’m doing it as part of an after school enrichment time. Our kids really enjoy the projects and it’s wonderful to use as everything is provided.” - Karen S.,Teacher, Olympic Middle School, WA

“This is the perfect kind of activity for afterschool. It’s fun; students learn by getting involved. Everybody wants to be a part of it!” - Kim L., Program Leader, Child and Adolescent Treatment Services, Buffalo NY

“They love it…it’s awesome. Kids are dying to get in it!” - Audrey A., Teacher, Clifford Marshall Elementary School, Quincy, MA

“The Missing Money Mystery was very easy to follow. The children had such a great time at it, we even allowed our group to re-enact the entire mystery. This mystery was fantastic, and we are looking forward to our next exercise!” - Jackie. J., Director/Detective, Hempstead P.A.L., Hempstead, NY

“The students were engaged and enjoyed the experiments. The story keeps the activities meaningful and provided an interested way to connect Florida Standards. The teacher’s manual was easy to follow and materials in the kits made it very convenient for set up. Overall, this is a great thing to do in afterschool and during the summer!” - Betty C., Teacher, Genesis Center, Leesburg FL

“Playing with Percussion offers an exciting doorway to exploring percussion, communication skills and learning about different cultures." - Sheila K., Site Leader, Accord Corp, Youth Services Division, Belfast NY

"Our kids enjoyed making their own instruments, especially sanding. Playing all those grooves at the end was a lot of fun!" - Nina P., Music teacher, Napa, CA

“The Cookie Jar Mystery was such a big hit at the middle school…which has been tough.”
-Charlie E., Teacher, Lexington County Schools, SC

"The Cookie Jar Mystery went really well, the kids talked about it for weeks.  They were very excited and intrigued with the hands-on activities and I really enjoyed teaching it!"
-Brook T.,Teacher, Lincoln Middle Schools, TN


Today teachers face the daily challenge of convincing kids their lessons are relevant and will be important in their lives. Some students buy in and pay attention, while others are in doubt. Fortunately, the time-tested approach of learning-by-doing is guaranteed to spark an interest in learning and obtaining new knowledge for young people.

Community Learning was founded with the simple idea of creating learning activities that are fun and attractive to kids.  It was started by Mike DeBritz who after working in a two corporate start-up divisions, decided it was time to create his own venture. Mike was assisted by his wife Stacy, a fine artist and educator, who agreed to chip in and try to make a small dent in the universe by helping kids learn.  After allocating some space in their basement, they went to work.

Soon after, Mike was fortunate to meet a lifetime educator named, Anthony Bertino, who shared an interest in forensic science. Together they collaborated on Community Learning’s first product called “The Cookie Jar Mystery.” And as they say, the rest was history. Today Community Learning has customers in all 50 states and has shipped kits as far as Eastern Europe.

Community Learning’s approach builds on the history of collaborative learning that shows kids how to learn from each other, think creatively and solve real problems.  We do this by carefully selecting relevant topics and building purposeful, well-crafted activities that involve students by getting their hands dirty.

This approach is naturally inter-disciplinary and helps build the connections between the arts, math, science, social studies, language arts and engineering. Course Kits result in a fun experience because kids build, test, brainstorm, observe or create something to be proud of, like writing a movie script about their own experiences, investigating a classroom crime with forensic science, or defending their client in a Mock Trial.

We work hard to make our products meaningful, easy to facilitate and worthy of your time and consideration.  Thanks for visiting!