Each school year over 725 Santa Clara Valley schoolchildren have the opportunity to see a national award winning puppet program presented by members of Assistance League of San Jose. The skit features nearly life-sized puppets that portray how children can deal effectively with bullies who pick on them or their friends and classmates. During the show, the students have an opportunity to join in a discussion with the “puppet kids” about ways to deal with bullying. This exchange serves to communicate information about getting help and, in a non-threatening way, addresses feelings that children may experience when they are threatened by a bully or see another child being threatened. Chapter members function as puppeteers, setting up the staging area, and facilitating the discussion.
With increased funding we’ll be able to purchase additional activity books and pencils. These supplemental items give the program more substance and provide back-up support for the children’s parents. Assistance League of San Jose is the only group supplying this program to our San Jose Schools. The program has been well received in each school and the demand for more performances continues to grow.