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September 25, 2013

Forest Hills presents anti-bullying program for elementary pupils

SIDMAN — Pupils at Forest Hills Elementary School are taking a stand against bullying.

The school held its sixth annual anti-bullying kickoff event Wednesday and teamed up with Box Out Bullying, a national award-winning theater show that teaches pupils the skills they’ll need to take charge of creating and maintaining a safe, positive and bullying-free school.

Principal Lucas Jacobs said the program is aligned with the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, which is in place at the school, and the key is to be proactive and prevent possible bullying before it even occurs.

“We want our students to know what they need to do to be kind students, to make good choices and what to do if a situation arises,” he said.

The interactive program was led by Jeremy Rubenstein and Ryan Feyk from Box Out Productions, who presented the show in a fun and silly way but still managed to explain to pupils why they shouldn’t bully, how to help others who are being bullied, the importance of including those who are feeling left out and telling an adult when they see bullying happening.

“We cover many lessons during the presentation, but our key to success is successfully empowering bystanders,” said Rubenstein. “We want to turn students who would see bullying and do nothing into students who would see bullying and try to do something to help stop it.”

For more information on the program, visit www.boxout-bullying.com.

Kelly Urban is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/KellyUrban25.

 

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