Friday, March 14, 2014

Kids Can Make A Difference!

 This past week we had the opportunity to see Caleb at his acting debut. The local schools in our area get together for a night of fun - Short plays - Poetry ready -  Duets - and much more. Forensics at its best!

Caleb's short play was about a boy that thought he hear his best friend making plans to do something with other kids when they were already planning to go somewhere. Caleb's part right away jumped to conclusions and thought his best friend had betrayed him.  Caleb acting out of anger - used his best friends facebook account to spread rumors!  Caleb later found out that his Best Friend was arranging a surprize for Caleb and the other friends were also meeting them at the event.

The play showed the importance of NOT jumping to conclusions when you think something was said or someone is doing something against you. It also showed what Cyber Bullying can do to people and also how hard it is to change negative actions that were done in anger.

Bullying seems to be running rampant - I congratulate the school and students on presenting a play dedicated to showing the negative effects of bullying.  I honestly think that only by consistently discussing and showing the negative effects of bullying can we ever begin to make a change.

What makes this play even more special is that the four kids wrote their own play. That tells me that they believe that awareness is the answer.  

I was so proud of Caleb - acting in public is not an easy task.  His willingness to be part of this event - shows that he will only get better at public speaking.  In todays age of technology - I truly feel that being comfortable speaking in public will be a huge benefit to him as he continues his education and his career  goals. 

Gosh.. I can not explain in words how proud I am of my 13 year old grandson. His actions as a young adult will make a difference in his and others lives! With tears of joy in my eyes I also want to thank Caleb's teacher, Mrs. Ryan for being there for the kids.  She is a dedicated teacher that deserves a huge pat on the back. 

44 comments:

  1. This is awesome. You are so right - discussing and showing the negative effects of bullying is very important.

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  2. Good for him for getting up in front of all those people. That is a brave kid! And I love the message of this play. I think if they understand it at a young age, it can help prevent it!

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  3. Great idea for a play! Cyberbullying has gotten to be too much.

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  4. What a great idea for a play! Getting this message out to kids is so important, I am so glad to see it being done so many places!

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  5. What a great play. I know you're proud!

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  6. What a great idea for a play - I hope it hit home with a lot of the kids. I agree that it needs to be discussed on a consistant basis in order to make a difference.

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  7. I love this post for so many reasons.. I love that young actors are brave enough to go on stage in front of tons of people! I love that they are incorporating a STRONG message at school about what is troubling our youth today. I love that your grandson was not scared to go on stage.. Awesome job all around !

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  8. What a perfect way to get a message out - through peers. I'm sure you're proud of him for participating!

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  9. Did he write his own scene? I usually have my students write a scene at this point in the semester.

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  10. What a great script to come up with. I could totally see that scene actually happening, unfortunately.

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  11. What a wonderful idea. I am so glad that they raised awareness about bullying. And even better that they wrote the play themselves. Proud moment for sure!!

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  12. Sounds like a great play! Congrats to your son for doing such a good job! Cyber bullying is just awful and so sad.

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  13. this is the kind of thing that helps kids learn what to do and how to respond in situations. looks like he did great!

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  14. What a great play to perform. I love when kids take part in something that has an important message to it.

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  15. That is awesome! I know you are so proud of him. He will always remember this experience and the lessons he learned.

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  16. What an awesome feat! Congrats to your son!

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  17. Wow, that is very impressive! It's sad that our kids have to be made aware of these things, but kudos to those (especially at 13 years old) who make it their mission to speak out against it in such a public way! Great job Caleb!

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  18. Putting the kids right into playing situations that are realistic like that really drives the point home. This is great.

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  19. Love this post and that there are kids trying to make a difference. I was a Girl Scout leader for many years so I was able to see first hand how willing kids are to make a difference in the world. It gave me great hope for the future!

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  20. Thank you so much for sharing this. It is great to see kids taking action.

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  21. This is something definitely to be proud of. Big kudos to him!

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  22. How brave!! I would have been so nervous. I love that they're teaching the no bullying message though. It's an important one to learn at their age.

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  23. How brave!! I would have been so nervous. I love that they're teaching the no bullying message though. It's an important one to learn at their age.

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  24. What a brave thing! I am glad that people are bringing awareness to bullying. My nephew was bullied in school and it was awful.

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  25. Great post! You are right! Kids CAN make a difference! I am never gonna let me kids have Facebook. At least not until after middle school!

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  26. Aww way to go. My son loves to act too and I'm always more nrevous then he is!

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  27. How great to put lessons like these into a play! Kids can make a difference!

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  28. This is great! Kids really are the ones who make the biggest difference because they're the ones who are always there. Great lesson!

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  29. That is a great way to help kids learn.

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  30. This is great! I'm glad that more and more schools are trying to get in front of the problem. I love that the schools host this.

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  31. We need more activities like this in our schools. Acting is such an awesome way for kids to get to know who they really are. Proud grandma, you are!!!

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  32. This is so awesome! Way to go Caleb!

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  33. How wonderful for Caleb! I love using theater to teach ideals to the youth.

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  34. I love that they are raising awareness about bullying and being creative with the arts to do so.

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  35. That is so great that these kids went out on their own and wrote a play with such a strong story. Your grandson deserves a pat on the back for his part!

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  36. This is such an important concept for children to understand. I think it's awesome you guys were able to do this.

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  37. What an awesome cause. Kids are capable of so much if only we give them the courage to aspire.

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  38. What a great play! Congrats to your grandson as public speaking is not easy.

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  39. What a great way to spread awareness about bullying! Your grandson put on a great show, I am sure.

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  40. It is so wonderful to hear story about kids doing good! And good things about teachers too.

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  41. What a great play! So awesome that these four kids came up with this on their own.

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  42. So awesome to spread awareness. Bullying is scaring stuff now. It was always a bad thing, but with all the technology now, it's so much easier for kids to bully others.

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  43. This Is Great For The Kids!

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  44. What a great topic of a play! I love this idea so much and it sounds like something my daughter would put together!

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