Spreading Kindness, Not Coronavirus!
Since 2014, Don’t Be A Monster has been sharing our message of kindness and acceptance through our annual bullying prevention assemblies across the country. Each fall, Frank and a team of volunteers have gone into schools to encourage students to be Upstanders and to celebrate the uniqueness of each individual. By teaching the 4 R’s of being an Upstander, we promote inclusive school communities that, in return, develop a safe learning environment for each student. Our assemblies are thoughtful, fun, and spread joy! We have loved watching students’ embrace Frank and all he represents over the years.
When the pandemic started in March, we knew things would be different. We moved our annual charity auction to an online format, created Frank’s Virtual Fun Run to celebrate 75 days until Halloween, and started to brainstorm how our program would look this Fall. We remained optimistic about being able to present to students’ in person because we know how powerful the story of Frank and Don’t Be A Monster is to our school communities.
In late July, we realized that assemblies would not be possible this Fall due to social distancing requirements as schools planned to re-open. We also recognized that 2020 called for a very specific approach to bullying prevention as students are learning and attending school in a variety of formats! We knew that, more than ever, our students needed the knowledge and fun Frank and his team brought into buildings. We asked ourselves: how do we bring Don’t Be A Monster safely to schools in 2020?
The answer is our 2020 Interactive Video Presentation, “How to Be an Upstander During the Pandemic”. This presentation highlights the uniqueness of our current environment and provides students with the knowledge, resources, and advocacy to be Upstanders in 2020. We focus on defining what bullying behavior is and then clearly define the actions each individual can take to be an Upstander during the pandemic. As always, we rely on Frank and our presenters to spread our mission of empowering youth to stand up for themselves and their peers by building a community where everyone is included, no matter their differences!
The silver lining? Although we won’t get to see our students in person this year, our video presentation has the potential to reach THOUSANDS more students than ever before! For the first time EVER our presentation will be available to any school who requests it! No more long drives for our presentation teams, and no more waitlists for our highest demanding markets. It’s a win-win!
In addition to the new video, we are also creating supplementary activities and lessons throughout the year to reinforce and support the development of a community of Upstanders. These lessons will be delivered to schools each month and will be differentiated by grade-level to ensure we meet the needs of each student. Monthly topics include Gratitude, Self-Care, Community Building, and more. Click here for a preview of the upcoming lesson plans.
If you’d like to bring Don’t Be A Monster to your community, please fill out the survey here and we will send you the video and supporting materials. Thank you for teaching your students with love and kindness!
We believe in the message of Don’t Be A Monster and are committed to offering our programming to schools free of cost. We rely 100% on donations from individuals, businesses, and organizations to continue to spread the word of kindness. If you are able to, please consider making a 100% tax deductible donation to Don’t Be A Monster! Every dollar raised allows us to expand our bullying prevention programming. Go here for more information about donating.