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Question from a 4th grade teacher: I was bullied as a kid, and I turned out okay, so is bullying really that big of a problem that we need a program at our school?

It's a great, and a common question, because unfortunately, as a teacher you may not know just how bad the problem is, due to the fact that only a small amount of bullying incidents get reported for fear of retailiation. And when told, some teachers won't pass the information on.  Many just don't want to get involved, some are fearful that they could be retailiated against, and some feel it's just a kid thing. They went through it and they're okay, so what's the big deal? 

The big deal is, according to government reports, about 38 percent of students ages 12–18 reported being bullied last year.  About 1 in 3 took place at school, and it is reported in the CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance report, that on average, 7.2% of students admit to not going to school due to personal safety concerns. Many dread the physical and verbal aggression of their peers, and many more attend school in a chronic state of anxiety and depression. It’s reported that 70.6% of young people say they have seen bullying in their schools. Nationally, 6% of students in grades 6–12 experienced cyberbullying. Broken down further, 16% of high school students (grades 9–12), and 55.2% of LGBT students, were electronically bullied in the past year.

While bullying can result in reluctance to go to school and truancy, headaches and stomach pains, reduced appetite, shame, anxiety, irritability, aggression and depression are also frequent effects. And in more extreme cases, suicide.  Bullying can happen anywhere—cities, suburbs, or rural towns. While no single factor puts a child at risk of being bullied or bullying others, depending on the environment, some groups—such as (LGBT) youth, youth with disabilities, and socially isolated youth—may be at an increased risk of being bullied.

“Children cannot get a quality education if they don’t first feel safe at school.” - Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education

“160,000 kids per day do not attend school for fear of being bullied.” - U.S. Dept. of Justice

“The child who is overweight is the most likely to be bullied.” - Journal of Pediatrics

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." - Benjamin Franklin

I'm no Benjamin Franklin, but I do no that if nothing is done, nothing changes. My name is Anthony Marconi, and I’m offering to bring to your school a beneficial and affordable anti-bullying assembly program.  Being a former special needs teacher, I’m well aware of the restrictive budgets most of you are forced to operate under. Insufficient funds are threatening to make quality programs for children a thing of the past. That’s why I’m willing to help you and your children get the programs you deserve.
 
As you probably already know, it’s difficult to find professional, curriculum based assembly programs that fit into your budget, and if you can, it could cost as much as $750.00 plus travel expenses, a price that many schools simply cannot afford. Here’s how my program will benefit you and your children
 
“No Bullies Allowed!” is a fun and educational program perfect for kicking off any campaign schools are using to encourage kindness and respect to reduce bullying and name-calling.  This comedy magic show is filled with important life messages that encourage children to treat each other with respect and edify that respect is something you have to give in order to receive. They’ll learn how we’re all important people inside, no matter what our strengths, weaknesses, likes or dislikes are. The program gives them strategies for dealing with bullies, including the fact that it’s okay to approach teachers and other adults for help. 
 
For maximum effectiveness, I’ve developed two versions of this program, one for younger grades on their comprehension level, and one for older grades with more sophisticated segments. In fact, in the older students’ assembly, I drive home the idea that it’s up to them to set an example for the younger kids. I remind them that when they move on to middle school, they’ll be the younger kids and won’t want to be laughed at or pushed around. The children really appreciate the difference between the two because the younger ones may not quite get the material intended for the older ones, and the older ones may find the younger material too childish. If time or funding is an issue, one balanced program can be presented to all grades. Regardless of the size of the group, the children will be under control as they eagerly pay attention to the humor, amazing magic, music and audience interaction I use to enhance the programs concepts.
 
The show sets up in about 30 minutes once I have my equipment in the building, meaning minimal disruption of your day and schedule. The show is very professional looking with a backdrop and a variety of tables and props, and music is used to enhance the event. Any magic is visible from virtually any area of the room and directly ties into the program. Once the show is set to go, I like to take a few moments to address the teachers and other adults who will be watching the program before the children are seated, giving them a general idea as to what to expect, giving me the chance to encourage a follow up plan.  I make the program so easy, all you have to do is provide the children, sit back, relax, and take all the credit!  Would your school benefit from a program like this? If so, please call me today to reserve your date and time.

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