For Grades 6-12 | 50 minutes | Up to 100 Students | $250
We’ve never met a teen who doesn’t love to play games! Bully Games combines highly-interactive activities with real-life stories to deliver an impactful message about empathy and bullying prevention.
Teens circulate around the room to greet each other based on the “status symbol” (playing card) that each one holds in her hand. If you have a King or Queen, expect to be treated like teen royalty! But if you’re holding a 2 or 3, people may not want to connect with to you. This game provides a nonthreatening introduction to judging others based on social status and appearance.
When presenter George Halitzka was in middle school, he had a best friend named Jacob. Unfortunately, Jacob’s social status was even lower than George’s. When some bullies came for Jacob, George had to decide where his true loyalties would lie.
We challenge students to form groups of various sizes. If they can gather the right number of people, all is well. But if they don’t find a group, they’re eliminated from the game. In a surprise ending that addresses the pain of being excluded by peers, the winners of the game are students who were left out!
George decided not to stick up for his friend Jacob when some bullies ganged up on him. In fact, you could say that George turned into another bully. Jacob ended up transferring out of the school. At the end of this cautionary tale, George reminds students that what they say and do now can make an impact — for good or for evil — on their peers’ lives for a long time to come.
Presenter George Halitzka can help you empower your students with empathy for their peers! Call (502) 718-5090 to schedule Bully Games at your school.
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