You’ve probably watched the scene, or one like it.
A bully picks on a kid in a school yard, until the victim gets riled up and smacks the perpetrator in the nose.
A DVD produced by the Henderson County Performing Arts Center shows bullying to be a much more serious problem.
HCPAC Executive Director Dennis Gilmore said the DVD was done using students in the center’s Youth Excellence on stage program both in front of and behind the camera. Nine months in the making, the DVD features local students in the roles of a timid teenage girl and her tormentors.
“What’s going to happen now is – we have a packet with the DVD, a study guide and 10 different stop-bullying posters that are going to be made available to school districts in the East Texas region,” Gilmore said.
“The theater was commissioned by the East Texas Communities Foundation to develop the stop-bullying program. We completed that project, and will be distributing DVDs and Study Guides to 35 ISDs and 140 campuses across the region. The school districts receiving the packets range from Longview in the east, to Kaufman in the west,” Gilmore said.
The DVD begins with the dramatization of a news report stating that a tragedy has happened at a fictional high school. Via a flashback, we see the story unfold of how a female student is ridiculed and pushed around, until she takes her own life. Students tell the reporter they wish they had done something that might have made a difference.
The DVD was shown at the Athens Kiwanis meeting on Feb. 12.
“The video is a proactive approach,” HCPAC Education Coordinator Teri Kirksey said. “We have the video, and we have the curriculum to go into the schools, and say ‘We have a plan for you to open up the dialogue with students and parents in a way to get the discussion flowing.’”
Kirksey hopes the video will not only shine a light on the problem, but also yield positive results.
“We hope students will become ambassadors for their fellow students, and stand up, and say ‘This is not right.’”
Gilmore said the video got a boost from the Athens Independent School District.
“The exciting thing about it, we met with Athens Superintendent Blake Stiles, and showed him the DVD, and information we had put together,” Gilmore said. “He liked it so much, he invited us to come back two weeks later, and present it to his leadership team.”
When the leadership team saw it, they also responded positively.
HCPAC produces DVD about bullying
You’ve probably watched the scene, or one like it.
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Have you been seeing those pictures on the internet of people in wild costumes, running through clouds of neon pink, blue, purple, and green and coming out looking like a rainbow?
If you have, you’ve been looking at the hottest thing to hit the walking and running world – the color run. And it’s coming to Athens on March 22 to benefit Hope Springs Water and celebrate International World Water Day.
AISD students honored for reading challenge
To get kids excited about reading and encourage more adults to spend time reading with their children, the National Education Association launched the first NEA's Read Across America day in 1998.
On March 3, NEA's Read Across America marked 17 years of celebrating reading and the birthday of Dr. Seuss.
Athens Independent School District participated in the event, but added a twist to encourage students to read more often.
The minimum standard for living
The average minimum wage worker renting a living space in Henderson County will spend more than 30 percent of their monthly income on their home.
The National Low-Income Housing Coalition reports Henderson County renters would have to work 85 hours at minimum wage for a two bedroom apartment. Of the six counties in the 5th Congressional District, Henderson ranks second, behind Dallas, for the most hours required.
Chandler, BMC to settle contract
Since the beginning of the year, Chandler city officials and leaders of the Brownsboro-Murchison-Chandler Youth Foundation have worked to finalize an agreement on use of the facilities at Winchester Park.
County preparing to address roads
With hundreds of miles of pavement to deal with, three Henderson County Road and Bridge Precincts may soon be getting a tool to help them keep track of the tasks involved.
The Henderson County Information Technology Committee discussed on Wednesday whether to acquire Precinct Tracker software and will present its findings to Commissioners Court.
The students have spoken, Brownsboro ISD considering adding a soccer program.
Superintendent Dr. Chris Moran is scheduled to updated the school board on the progress of the program during the meeting on Monday, March 17.
A by-precinct breakdown of Henderson County’s vote on Tuesday shows pockets of support for candidates who came up short in the vote totals.
The 27 boxes in the county delivered 9,908 votes, of which more than half, 5,219, were cast during early balloting. There were 8,869 in the more hotly-contested Republican races and 1,039 Democratic votes.
Missing no more
The Henderson County Sheriff’s Department reports the recovery of a boat and a tractor among the $40,000 in stolen property located over the past week.
A true country caterer
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CASA receives $5,000 from Schneider Electric
Schneider Electric believes in supporting non-profit organizations in the communities where they work and live.
Recently, Steve Ramsey, Location Manager, from Schneider Electric presented a check to CASA’s Resource Development Officer Elvis Allen, as a sponsor of CASA’s annual 5K Race and fundraiser for the upcoming 2014 event.
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