Niagara Gazette


November 2, 2012

Anti-bullying play under development

Niagara Gazette — What's the best way to educate children about the lasting effects of bullying?

Joseph Lowery Sr. is a firm believer in play-acting. 

Lowery, coordinator of the Niagara Christian Basketball Program, has developed a stage play called "Sticks and Stones." The play, co-written by Geneta Lowery, was created for use as a tool to educate the community and its children about the seriousness of bullying and its impact on children and families. 

The contents of the play draw attention to aggressive behavior of bullies at an early age, the cycle, types and consequences of bullying, peer pressure, depression, diversity and suicide.

The project is being developed with help from various local partners, including the Niagara Falls Police Department, Niagara Falls Housing Authority, Family and Children's Services, local schools, churches, hospitals and businesses. 

On Friday, Lowery presented aspects of the program to students at Niagara Street Elementary School. The presentation was one of several Lowery plans to do in the months ahead as he prepares to run the full production of "Sticks and Stones" next October during what is recognized nationally as "anti-bullying month." 

"Working together - parents, children school administrators and the community - we can create a safe environment for our children," Lowery said. 

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