Musician/storyteller gives bully-free message to WDC students
Minneapolis musician/storyteller Jack Pearson entertained and inspired Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary students on Monday, Nov. 18 with his message "You and Me – Bully-Free!" during an assembly in Wadena Memorial Auditorium.
The 45-minute program featured Pearson singing folksy songs that focused on issues of bullying, aggression, empathy, self-image and verbalizing feelings. He entertained the preK-grade 4 students with his guitar, banjo, jaw harp, spoons and foot rhythms on his amplified toy box lid.
He challenged students to build a school that’s a safe place for everyone to learn.
"We now know that bullying is easiest to stop before the age of 8, which adds urgency to this vital message," Pearson said.
Students clapped and sang along to Pearson’s original songs such as, “Just Don’t Kick the Cat,” a light-hearted song that stressed its O.K. to be angry, just don’t kick the cat! Another song that got students smiling was the “Koala Song.” Pearson sang: “Let your koality shine -- you’re a koality kid!”
WDC Elementary Principal Louis Rutten, who organized the assembly for the students, thought Pearson did a good job reinforcing the school-wide message that “WDC is Bully-Free.”
“His songs and stories showed that when you ‘shine the light’ on the problem of bullying behaviors, they will go away,” said Rutten.
This was Pearson’s second visit to WDC. In May 2011, he presented a concert for ECFE families.