The day for Montgomery Elementary School students began with one teacher teasing another on stage, according to guidance counselor Toby Sterling.
She said the skit — a bully prevention show held Monday morning during an all-school assembly that kicked off the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPPF — got the students’ attention, according to Sterling.
“Their eyes got real wide,” she said.
In the afternoon, students attended a Box Out Bullying assembly in the gymnasium.
The presentation, which uses interactive theater to impact the students, defined bullying and directed students to inform a parent or teacher about any bullying issues.
It also suggested that learning to empathize for those left out or different would help solve the problem.
“If you know about other people’s feelings or problems, you’re more likely to help them,” said Jeremy Rubenstein, one of two performers and the program’s founder.
Most bullies have been bullied or picked on themselves, according to Rubenstein.
He also asked the students not to make others feel left out or spread gossip.
“Words can hurt,” Ru- benstein said during the show.
At the end of the day, the entire student body reassembled to discuss what they learned, according to Sterling.
She said that in between, the students watched a video and colored a number one, which would be hung outside the library.
All students and staff wore an Olweus T-shirt — designed by two school students — promoting “rnity Against Bullying,” according to a news release from the North Penn School District.
“The idea is to teach the students that we are all one school and one community,” Sterling said.
The program’s main intent is to provide students with the proper skills to behave in a respectful and responsible manor, according to Sterling.
She said the idea is to help them become responsible citizens of the world.
“This can really be a life lesson,” she said.
Sterling said the skit with the teachers — where one was ridiculed for having different hair and shoes while “friends of the bully” watched silently — allowed staff members to stress the ability to bystanders to step up and stop the behavior.
“Most students who remain quiet do that because they are afraid of the bully,” she said.
Montgomery Elementary School counselor Toby Sterling, left, and intern Ashley Baker, center, join teacher Deb Lanza, right, and her first-grade students involved in a craft project where they personalized a paper number one, symbolizing One Community Against Bullying, and displayed it in a school hallway.
First-grader Jaclyn Diaz cuts out her number one during a project symbolizing One Community Against Bullying.
Counselor Toby Sterling, left, assists teacher Deb Lanza and her first-grade students with their anti-bullying project Monday.
Sixth-grader Molaea Goodman, right, colors a number one Monday as part of the school’s bullying prevention program.