Wenatchee, WA— Wenatchee elementary and middle school students are addressing bullying and learning about media production thought the “DON’T WAIT to Unmake a Bully Project™.” The Wenatchee School District Instructional Technology is partnering with New York Filmmaker Mike Feurstein to solve the bullying problem and learn about media production through a hands-on filmmaking venture. Feurstein is the creator and founder of Unmake A Bully™, and has teamed up with Lisa Bradshaw of Wenatchee, the founder of the DON’T WAIT Project®, a non-profit corporation that raises awareness about positive life choices. From New York to Washington State, the program is helping in the stand against bullying through positive media.
This is the seventh year the project has been brought to the Wenatchee School District. This year, students at Lincoln Elementary and Pioneer and Orchard Middle Schools worked with Ferstein to create Public Service Announcements (PSA) that aim to stomp out bullying. The students learn how to write, direct, produce, film and act in a PSA, which is based on their own story idea according to their experiences with bullying in their schools. The product is a PSA but the result is the message that students learn through the process of producing it. Students are gaining an empathetic understanding of the impact bullying has on students and are developing ways to address it.
The DON’T WAIT to Unmake a Bully Project™culminates in the premiere of the student-produced PSAs on Wednesday, November 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Numerica Performing Arts Center. This event is free and open to the public.
About the DON'T WAIT Project® (DWP)
The DON'T WAIT Project® (DWP), founded by Lisa Bradshaw in 2011, is a 501c3 non-profit organization committed to raising community awareness about how positive life choices can impact the health and welfare of individuals, organizations and communities. Since partnering with filmmaker, educator and UnMake a Bully creator Mike Feurstein in 2012, DON’T WAIT to UnMake a Bully™ has worked with 5,000-plus K-12 students at schools throughout the country. Student-produced PSAs have 1,213,005 views with approximately 4,000 additional views on our YouTube channel everyday. Students throughout the world leave comments and ask for peer-related advice, which they receive from our program educator and a licensed school psychologist.