Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School students learned how to stand up to bullying when Port Jefferson’s Theater Three Broadway on Main Street presented an original musical “Stand Up! Stand Out! The Bullying Project.”
With colorful costumes and an assortment of hand puppets, the story came to life as a student named Peg witnesses the bullying of another student, Nellie, and how she comes to terms with her responsibility. Peg, like so many bystanders, is faced with the choice of standing up for Nellie in her time of need or standing by. Peg discovers different ways she can help Nellie without getting herself or others into trouble.
The play goes on to outline four different types of bullying: Name calling and teasing, social isolation, threatening, and physical bullying. Each type of bullying was highlighted through a famous children’s story, such as “Cinderella,” “The Three Little Pigs,” “The Wizard of Oz” and “Alice in Wonderland.”
The assembly was coordinated by Theodore Roosevelt’s social worker Ms. Yennifer Muriel to help strengthen character and to maintain a pleasant, nurturing environment for all students.
Teachers were provided information, such as questions for discussion and writing or drawing activities to extend the lessons into the classroom.