|Stillwater Elementary takes Steps to Respect with help from the Taproot Theatre group|
|Written by Leanne Christensen, RSD|
|Tuesday, 15 November 2011 11:42|
Taproot Theatre has visited Stillwater Elementary three times in the past six years. This year the theatre brought their highly acclaimed bullying prevention program, “Treasure Allies” to share with students and staff.
School counselor, Karyn Summers, helped to organize the program, as the Taproot series directly supports the Riverview School District’s bullying prevention program Steps to Respect. The Steps to Respect program is used at Stillwater in the 4th and 5th grade classrooms, and grades K-3 will use the Second Step, primary version.
Taproot’s “Treasure Allies” is a new and very well received program as stated by Amy Wright, Stillwater principal. Amy shares, “We had asked our PTSA to partner with us to bring this type of assembly back to Stillwater. The Taproot program brings the topics of recognizing, refusing and reporting bullying behaviors to students in a fun and engaging way. It is the perfect follow-up to the district’s Steps to Respect Bullying Prevention Program and truly sets the tone for a positive year for all students.”
The Taproot program uses the appealing power of storytelling to help students address this important issue, blending lessons of respect and bullying prevention into the story’s sequence of events.
At the end of the presentation the Taproot actors are on hand to interact with students helping to emphasize and reinforce the lessons shared.
Taproot Theatre’s Road Company has been touring and sharing plays regarding important social-issues with students since 1985. This company and the important messages they communicate, reach thousands of students every year. Guides and resources are also available for teachers, which enable them to continue the training of these vital lessons throughout the year.
For more information on this and other Taproot programs available for schools, contact www.taprootthreatre.org.