6th grade students at Garfield had the opportunity to see a live performance by members of the Cleveland Playhouse. The play Harass, Heckle, Hassle, Hound travelled to the Garfield stage last week to educate students on the damaging results of bullying. After the play the students identified the different types of bullying, how harmful it can be, and what a person should do when confronted with a bullying situation. Although the play was fictional, the scenarios and personalities portrayed were true to life.
After the performance the actors from the two-person show held classroom workshops. Students participated in whole class, small group, and individual activities focusing on respectful interactions, empathy, and friendships. Student feedback from the day's events was overwhelmingly positive and valuable.
The Cleveland Playhouse production is another opportunity that students at Garfield Middle School are taught the appropriate skills for positive growth. Harass, Heckle, Hassle, Hound supports our Second Step: Success from Prevention lessons that are taught all year as well as Garfield's Positive Behavior Support framework. We are grateful to the Cleveland Playhouse for their excellent presentation.