The launch of the “Kindness is for Free” campaign – an anti-racism & anti-bullying initiative

On the 20th of June we launched the “Kindness is for Free” campaign

at Darlington Public School. This is an innovative anti-racism and

anti-bullying initiative directed at school-age children. The kids were

super excited to see The Wong Side of Puppets set up and then to see

them in action on the big screen. They had their mouths open in awe.

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Together we discussed the meaning of racism and bullying and made

popsicle puppets to do some role playing. In the music video Lin

Wong showed that she was very sad and upset but in our plays we

made Lin not act like a victim but instead be strong and brave.

We also did role playing about what to do if we saw a friend being a victim of

racism or bullying.

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In one scene, where it felt safe, a child said, “Leave Lin alone! Lin come

and play with me and my friends.” In another scene, the child called

upon a teacher and the teacher pulled the bullies and racists aside and asked

them, “Would you like it if I behaved like this towards you? They both said no

and then the teacher encouraged them to make Lin an apology card.

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One of the tools conveyed was to teach the kids that if they are by themselves

and experiencing bullying or racism at school, they can retaliate with a simple

“be strong and stay super” pose and then bravely walk away and find kind

people to play or be friends with.

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The children loved doing this pose. One child said, “I feel like

a super hero doing this!” Another kid said, “I feel so much stronger and

better.”

During our discussion a little boy said, “Bullies and racists are not happy

people and they just want to make others sad like them!”

One girl said, “The big cross we’re making with our arms is like a big NO

to racism and bullying!”

I hope that this will one day be the universal gesture against racism and

bullying.

It was a great launch, and so satisfying to see the children empowered by the

activities we did together. I had prizes to give away to the best listeners,

performers and those who behaved kindly towards each another during the

activities, thanks to our sponsor Bendigo Bank.

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“Good for teaching children how to deal with bullying, racism and being

resilient!” said Mr Askew (K-2 teacher).

 

It has been a great start to get the message out into the community. Together

we can put a stop to racism and bullying!

Hashtag: It stops with me! #ItStopsWithMe

Darlington launch

 

Media quotes

Jeremy Fernandez (A.B.C.) “Well Done. Good on you for your

enthusiasm. It’ll pay pay forward in multiples when these

kids grow up.”

 

Melissa Hoyer (S.M.H.) “I’m with you all the way!”

 

Check out the Wong Side of Life’s anti-bullying / anti-racism music video 

“Don’t be a Loser.”

 

You can purchase a DVD, lesson plan and template of the Popsicle puppets

for only $55 (includes) directly from Joy.

Joy Hopwood is available to to do 40 minute in-class workshops or 20 minute

motivational speeches especially for kids.

For more info contact Joy here

www.joy.net.au

Lin Wong DVD

 

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One thought on “The launch of the “Kindness is for Free” campaign – an anti-racism & anti-bullying initiative

  1. This is such a great lesson and I love how it’s being taught at the age where bullying and racism is rife. If issues like this aren’t tackled while their minds are still young and malleable, we would just breed another generation of ignorant, fearful and hurtful human beings.

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