Through theater, Rogers students learn to stop bullying

CLIMB Theatre actor/educators Ryan and Nicole act out a scene in “Bystanders Be Brave” at Rogers Elementary School that educates students on what to do while encountering a bully. (Photo by Aaron Brom)

CLIMB Theatre actor/educators Ryan and Nicole act out a scene in “Bystanders Be Brave” at Rogers Elementary School that educates students on what to do while encountering a bully. (Photo by Aaron Brom)

by Aaron Brom

aaron.brom@ecm.inc.com

 

A student is minding his own business on a bus when a bully decides to take his comic book.

How should the bullied student react? What can he do to calm the situation?

Rather than react angrily and escalate the conflict, students at Rogers Elementary School learned the appropriate response: stand confidently, speak assertively, and report any unsafe situations to a trusted adult.

CLIMB Theatre of Inver Grove Heights presented the play, “Bystanders Be Brave,” in which actor/educators not only acted out the school bus scene, but also would stop and go out of character to explain the situation and how students should react to it.

These interplays are part play and part class, with student discussions that reinforce each scene’s intent.

CLIMB is a non-profit company that has provided programming to K-12 schools for 38 years.

CLIMB theatre artists write, produce and present plays and drama classes on topics like bullying, self-control, respect, friendship, acceptance of differences, drug prevention and the environment.

Just last year CLIMB performed for 597 schools, libraries, community centers and other locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, North Dakota and South Dakota.

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