My students need to have the experience of watching "Bully" along with four buses to transport us there. This experience, as a community, would be invaluable!
Do you remember middle school? Was it a happy time? A nervous time? My students... they have a bit of both. We are extremely motivated to see "Bully" to witness first-hand accounts of kids effected and the message that comes with it. Students want to know... how can ONE person make a difference?
My students are intelligent, highly motivated, and are interested in the concept of "choice-less choices" people have had to face throughout our country's history and how we can make changes as ONE.
Though our school services a population that is over 85% low income, attending one of the largest public school districts in the nation, our students want to make this world a better place. They are a diverse group of young people who want to do better in their lives; both for themselves and for those around them. They push themselves academically despite the many obstacles they face on a daily basis. They may not know the specifics of the tragedies of the life stories that surround them, but they understand there is quiet suffering all around them and want to make a difference. They are thirsty for information... and I believe "Bully" is a huge step towards that noble goal.
My students had an amazing experience studying the Holocaust earlier this academic year. They studied the larger history surrounding this period of time, and then read autobiographies of individuals who were children and had to survive these atrocities. My students were struck by the madness of this period, and they struggled to imagine what their lives might have been had they been less fortunate in their own time and circumstances. They learned about the "choice-less choices" forced upon the victims against their own people. This stuck with them. The lessons they learned: ONE person, no matter how small, can make a difference. Speak out. Say something no matter the cost. Bystanders damage, they do not defend. I strongly believe "Bully" sends this same message. One difference: "Bully" allows students the experience of witnessing their contemporaries and peers struggling with situations they can better understand, and that are happening NOW... and this empowers them to take action NOW.
Your donation and support will help to EMPOWER my students to make a difference in their lives and in the lives' of others.
By giving them the tools to witness and better understand the signs of bullying, to better understand the horrific ramifications being bullied brings about, and to be able to take action and make a difference RIGHT NOW, gives my students the power to MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Thank you for helping to place the power into the hands of our children... they want to make a difference!
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