Anti-Bullying Program: The Most Requested School Assembly
In Joe Gandelman’s more than 20 years of doing ventriloquism assemblies across the country no version of his show has been requested more – and rebooked as often – as his anti-bullying program. This was particularly true during school year 2012-2013 when he did his show at 260 schools (often more than one show at school) and drove more than 40,000 miles. Ninety-five percent of the schools (elementary, middle, junior and high schools) requested a program on bullying. At another special tour two days later, it was again requested by schools in the U.S. and in Canada.
MESSAGE CONTENT: Among the themes: importance of good, smart choices; consequences; treat people BETTER than you want to be treated; the pain of bullying lasts for years; the importance of reporting bullying; the difference between tattling and reporting; ways to respond to bullying (Joe will check with school since this varies); treating people better than the way you want to be treated; ways students as a community can combat bullying; Internet bullying – and more.
Joe Gandelman double checks these themes while booking with the person who books the program, and will also go over them upon his arrival at the school. He encourages schools to give him some of their points or slogans they use — which he will incorporate into the show.
SHOW APPROACH: Joe Gandelman uses his highly popular Learning Through Laughter technique. When educators check afterwards they find that audiences of all grade levels retain his messages. Each program (adapted to each age group) features a BIG cast of puppet and dummy characters, lots of laughs and interaction. In most shows he also includes a short how to do ventriloquism bit at the end of the program where one or more kids get up and try a dummy — and that is also tied into the anti-bullying theme, in a fun way.
For several years, Joe Gandelman was a nationally syndicated columnist for Cagle Carotons. He s devoted several columns to bullying. Here’s the one that ran in July 2012, making some general observations about what he saw and learned in schools about the bullying issue: Click here to read the article.
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