On Wednesday, January 25th, the students of PS4M/The Duke Ellington School were given their second anti-bullying workshop of the year. Through Soren Bennick's the Power of One, actors portrayed the roles of the bully, target, and bystander. Even students and teachers showed some of their acting skills! Ms. Anderson acted as the bully!
Students in grades 3, 4 and 5 learned techniques on how to battle peer pressure, escape bullying situations and the importance of reporting bullying when they see it. Although they have heard these terms and techniques before, this program gave students a creative way of looking at a difficult topic. "We do this because it is very important that children learn the power that one person can have", said Lauren (one of the actors). "They need to feel empowered and realize that even if they are alone, they have the power to defend themselves from bullying and negative peer pressure." That is one lesson that all teachers agree is very necessary.
In the days following this workshop, each student signed a poster board with the following oath:
I will not bully others
I will not stand by while others are bullied
I will report bullying when I see it
Because I have the Power of One!