In October 2010, Heather Burns (Education Director) and Gina Theresa Cisto (Education Associate) visited Louisville Central Community Center (LCCC) with a workshop called Exploring Bullying Behaviors Through Drama. The purpose of the workshop is to help students learn to identify the variety of bullying behaviors they might encounter and also to practice – through acting – the proactive techniques that will “defuse” a bullying situation.
The LCCC students were led by staff member Geraldine Woods. Ms. Woods is a really special person in the Louisville community, and is one of the biggest supporters of arts education. As the Manager of Education & Fine Arts at LCCC, she ensures that the LCCC students are exposed to a variety of arts throughout their time at the center. Her reward is in the flourishing creativity of all of her students.
So, in October, Blue Apple made two visits to LCCC – delivering the Exploring Bullying Behaviors Through Drama curriculum in two 90 minute sessions. The students were very inspired by the workshop. they wanted to continue to talk about bullying and work through their thoughts and experiences about it between the sessions. With all that energy and creativity in the room, Ms. Woods suggested that they put their thoughts down on paper and create a rap.
Hence – several raps were written about bullying! And when Ms. Burns and Ms. Cisto returned for their second session, they were greeted by excited students eager to perform their Bullying Raps. These are what they performed…
By: Joshua, Elijah and Kameron
I’m walking from school
I’m really happy
Because I got cologne
My momma is so proud
That she’s going to Golden Corral
I went to the park
A bully came to me
And said he’s gonna hit me kick
Until I run out of energy
Bad bully, bad bully
What you gonna do?
What you gonna do
When they’re looking for you?