Area Schools Learn a ‘Wicked’ Way to Stop Bullying


Omaha Performing Arts has recognized seven Nebraska schools for their work on anti-bullying projects, applying what they learned at the WICKED Anti-Bullying Summit. In May of last year, over 250 attendees participated in an anti-bullying summit coordinated by Omaha Performing Arts. It aimed to equip students and educators with the skills to respond to hate- and bias-motivated bullying. Schools were encouraged to share the lessons they learned in their school’s communities. Their work on these follow up projects has earned each school an official No Place for Hate designation with the Anti-Defamation League for the 2014-2015 school year.

The top projects were submitted by Belvedere Elementary School, Bennington High School, Conestoga High School, and Nathan Hale Magnet Middle School. To acknowledge their work in making their communities more respectful and inclusive, these four schools were awarded 250 tickets to attend an Omaha Performing Arts Student Matinee Series performance of their choice this spring. Omaha South High, Omaha Public Schools Career Center and Platteview High School were also recognized for their projects and awarded 100 tickets each to attend a matinee.

Omaha Performing Arts vice president of programming and education Kendra Whitlock Ingram said, “I was impressed by the creativity and detail that went into these anti-bullying projects. Students put considerable time and effort into reaching their peers, and working to build a culture of respect and inclusion at their schools. They all deserve to be recognized.”

The WICKED Anti-Bullying Summit was a partnership between Omaha Performing Arts, , the Broadway touring production of WICKED; and the Anti-Defamation League. On May 8 of last year, over 250 students and educators attended anti-bullying workshops at the Holland Performing Arts Center, and listened to summit speakers, Nick Adams, who played Fiyero in WICKED, and No Place For Hate partner, former Nebraska Quarterback Eric Crouch. Participants also attended a performance of WICKED and a post-show talkback with cast members at the Orpheum Theater.

After the summit, students and teachers were encouraged to submit one project that has been implemented in their school during the 2014-15 school year. Projects were assessed based on their incorporation of anti-bullying or anti-bias concepts and ideas, effectiveness, creativity, implementation and the compelling nature of their project.

For more information on the Wicked Anti-bullying summit, and the programs offered by each school, visit www.OmahaPerformingArts.com.

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