October 30, 2012 > Oskar and the Big Bully Battle returns to Fremont schools
Oskar and the Big Bully Battle returns to Fremont schools
Submitted By Max Richter
Photos By Scott DeVine
The recent tragic suicide of 15 year-old British Columbia high school student Amanda Todd, reminds us that even with national movements, such as October's "National Bullying Prevention Month," this type of abuse is all too prevalent, and that bullying seems to be gaining traction among girls.
TheatreWorks, the nationally acclaimed theatre of Silicon Valley, was called in by local school and mental health organizations to find solutions in educating students - and among their conclusions was the need to introduce the topic at an early age. With the help of experts, the company created a lively show which teaches youngsters to identify bullying behaviors, in both others and themselves, and school officials have been thrilled with the results.
Now in its fourth year, "Oskar and the Big Bully Battle" has introduced a female protagonist (Olive) and is addressing cyber-bullying, involving kids in a give-and-take presentation that teachers find effective and informative (Tri-City Voice featured the earlier production in its March 15, 2011 issue).
The assembly started touring Fremont elementary schools October 9, and will continue until December 6. Students at the following Fremont schools will have the opportunity to see the updated production during their school day. Ardenwood students recently saw the performance; the remaining Fremont school schedule is as follows:
October 30, Oliveira Elementary; November 1, Vallejo Mill; November 6, Millard Elementary; November 26, Warwick Elementary; November 29, Blacow Elementary; and December 6, Mission Valley Elementary.
Bay Area kids are now overheard on the playground asking "What would Oskar do?" - repeating the mantra of the show.
For more information, visit www.theatreworks.org
Photo Caption: (L-R) Norman Munoz, Sarah Moser, and Sarah Gold perform in Oskar and the Big Bully Battle, a show created by TheatreWorks for Schools to teach K-5 students skills for handling bullying situations.