The Issue: The Dangers of Bullying
Every day, many students experience or observe bullying behavior, which can range from nonverbal disrespect such as lunch-table exclusion to physical pushing in the hallways or threatening texts and emails that reach beyond school walls. Providing students with opportunities to think critically about bullying can help them to create a cohesive and respectful school community.
The Campaign: Teaching Students to Combat Bullying
If this Grassroots campaign raises $700, then First Stage can fund a Bully Ban workshop for two fifth-grade classes, with matching donations from an anonymous donor up to $2,500. Each additional $350 raised will fund a Bully Ban workshop for another fifth-grade class.
The weeklong Bully Ban workshop integrates acting and improvisational exercises into an exploration of bullying. Depending on their ages, students engage in storytelling and pantomime or participate in dramatic scenes to act out bullying scenarios from a variety of perspectives. The workshops let students come to their own conclusions, but emphasize the importance of respect and demonstrating that courage can help stop disrespectful behavior. The aim of the program is that students leave with the tools to help them stop bullying in school and understand when it becomes necessary to inform adults.
All donations will be matched up to a $2,500 total by an anonymous donor.
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First Stage recently celebrated its 26th anniversary as a children's theater, producing professional productions and developing new plays. It has hosted 40 world premieres and worked with renowned artists and authors including Stephen Schwartz and Cornelia Funke.
Through its theater academy and education program, First Stage aims to inspire a love of learning amongst young people with active teaching tools and a curriculum that emphasizes imagination. The theater-in-education programs reach roughly 20,000 students every year through theater residencies and in-classroom workshops such as the Bully Ban workshop, which teaches students how to respect one another and prevent harassment through improvisational exercises. Schools can also partner with First Stage to bring the arts into their facilities with field trips, workshops, and arts-integrated teaching.