Students at Shaw Avenue Elementary School received a
meaningful and memorable lesson in kindness and anti-bullying, thanks to
an entertaining presentation from the Box Out Bullying organization.
Program hosts Tom and Jerry, who portrayed cousins, made use of acting,
humor and student involvement as they conveyed important messages about
On stage with the duo, front and center, was a locked box
that Tom found highly intriguing. As he and Jerry reflected on
situations involving bullying and how to properly handle them, they
suggested that the box would open when the students were ready for its
contents. The students, the speakers explained, had the power to open
the box by solving the problem of bullying.
Tom and Jerry discussed how bullying is different from rough
and tumble play and also described the difference between telling and
tattle telling. Being a “teller,” they pointed out, takes courage and is
done in order to protect a person or get someone out of trouble.
Bullying was defined as occurring when “someone is mean to people many
times,” and “when a stronger person hurts or frightens a less strong
person again and again.”
Students in the audience also learned about empathy and what
it means to know another person’s feelings or problems. They were told
how they can include one another so that nobody feels badly or left out.
Tom and Jerry also shared tips for handling bullies, such as telling an
adult at school as well as someone at home.
Once the children showed that they fully understood the rules
against bullying, specifically the promise that, “We will not bully
others,” the box was opened. With the assistance of students Malikah
Mian and Sergen Enosse, along with teacher Mrs. Kollar, Tom and Jerry
reiterated ways in which students can make a positive difference in
their school, families and community by helping others and being kind.