Interactive Play Offered Anti-Bullying Lesson To Metuchen Elementary Students

METUCHEN – While singing, dancing and acting as part of a joyous McCarter Theatre Center production last month, Campbell Elementary School students enriched their understanding about accepting each others’ differences and recognizing the hurtfulness of bullying.

Sunjata Kamalenya, an interactive play about a mother and son’s struggles to overcome challenges due to jealousy, discrimination and ignorance, is based on a centuries-old West African legend. Campbell School hosted four performances of the show, for each grade one through four. In each presentation, Campbell students and faculty members performed alongside McCarter Theatre actors.

Sunjata Kamalenya beautifully aligns with our school goal ‘We are on One Team: Anti-Bullying & Self-Esteem Education,’” said Campbell School Principal Florence T. Carter. “The show addresses accepting differences, discouraging bullying and encouraging self-esteem. The performance also shows that heroes can come from unexpected places.

“For the second year in a row, an anonymous benefactor has enabled us to present this wonderful performance to our students,” Carter said. “We are thankful and appreciative for the generosity of our community.”

As part of its anti-bullying & self-esteem goal, Campbell school’s homeroom and specials teachers have created many lessons and special activities to address bullying.

(Photos courtesy of Metuchen Public Schools)

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