POSTED BY: BOB KNOTTS
Last week the Humanity Project returned to the kids! Each autumn we take our acclaimed Anti-bullying Through The Arts program into elementary schools around South Florida … and we continue delivering this program to students right through the end of the school year in the spring.
On September 20, lots of students at Endeavor Primary Learning Center in Lauderhill, Florida, near Fort Lauderdale, got to enjoy our first presentations of the 2013-2014 academic year. And they had the opportunity to learn an important lesson too: “Bullying hurts everyone in this school … and it takes everyone to stop it!” That is the mantra that’s repeated and demonstrated throughout our program, reinforced by our anti-bullying books and posters and music. We’re told that the 400 kids who saw Anti-bullying Through The Arts at Endeavor were attentive and responsive, just as the students were last year when we visited.
Yes, this was a return trip for us. We were invited back by school guidance counselor, Sherine P. Davis, who wanted to make sure we reached her new kids. As she wrote to us in an email before this second visit to the school, “Our students really enjoyed your presentation last school year and throughout the year and even during my classroom presentations. It was evident that they paid much attention to your presentation as they referenced and used quotes from your presentation.” Thanks, Sherine! Our pre/post tests show that the program is highly effective — but it’s great to get added confirmation direct from the classrooms. It’s always nice to hear positive remarks about the Humanity Project’s efforts to improve our complex society. Fortunately, we hear such kind words fairly often. But when the schools ask you to come back year after year, you know you must be doing something right.