Stop! Does That Cheap Presentation Have Liability Insurance?

September 12th, 2012 by Matthew Jones

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It’s that time again! Everyone’s heading back to school. It’s a fresh new year filled with opportunities and possibilites!

As you’re planning out this year’s school assembly programs, there’s something I want you to think about.

Does the presenter you’re hiring carry liability insurance?

This is probably something you’ve never thought about. You have a lot of presentations to choose from. Many of them don’t carry any kind of insurance.

I’m not trying to be negative towards other programs. I just want you to make informed decisions for your school.

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Olympic Gold Medalist Almost Quit Sport Because of Bullying

September 5th, 2012 by Matthew Jones

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In a recent interview with Oprah Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas said that being bullied almost made her give up gymnastics!

One of the most common effects of bullying is that victims will give up on what they love. This is an example of that. What’s amazing though is how she was able to overcome being bullied to do something incredible.

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Ottawa Metro Park Performance Pictures

August 29th, 2012 by Matthew Jones

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Recently we did a show at Ottawa Metro Park. It was an amazing crowd and we had a blast entertaining everyone.

There were some great pictures taken at the event. Check them out along with an awesome Facebook comment below!

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Upcoming Summer Public Events

July 11th, 2012 by Matthew Jones

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It’s that time again! We’re in the full swing of summer. That means we’re hitting the road with another great run of public appearances!

We’d love to see you! Here’s what we have scheduled so far:

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Funny Things Kids Say

July 9th, 2012 by Matthew Jones

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One of the great things about working with kids is that you constantly have to stay on your toes! You literally never know what they’re going to say next…

Our shows are no exception! During and after our presentations we hear all kinds of crazy comments from kids! Here are a few of the ones that stick out…

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Anti-Bullying Tactic: Complements?

May 24th, 2012 by Matthew Jones

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Cyber bullying is at the heart of the bullying battleground. Social networking sites like Facebook frequently come under fire. With new lines of communication come new channels for bullying and harassment.

What’s less talked about is that these same channels can be used to make a difference and promote a culture of caring.

Enter a recent Huffington Post article about Facebook complement pages. This is a growing trend at many schools.

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Speaks Out About Bullying

May 10th, 2012 by Matthew Jones

This is not the first time the Obama administration has spoken out about bullying. In this two minute video Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shares here thoughts.

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Shizzle Dizzle Magic at Central Elementary School

May 3rd, 2012 by Matthew Jones

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We were pleasantly surprised to find this article about our recent presentation of Character All Stars!

From the article:

The Parent Teacher Central at Central Elementary continues to magically change the lives of area students.

The group regularly holds events to help involve families in the activities of the children who attend Central Elementary.

On April 4, the PTC hosted a Family Fun Night and Appreciation Raffle. The event featured a Shizzle Dizzle Magic Show for students and their family members to enjoy.

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Study Finds Correlation Between Bullying and Suicidal Thoughts

April 11th, 2012 by Matthew Jones

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We know that bullying may lead to brain damage and even lower test scores, but this one’s new…

According to US News and World Report, a recent study suggests that bullying may raise the risk of suicidal thoughts.

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Study Suggests the Effects of Bullying Last into College

April 4th, 2012 by Matthew Jones

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There’s many frustrating misconceptions about bullying. One of them is the idea that its effects are short lived.

People still tend to treat is as a “right of passage” or a “part of growing up”. There’s plenty of evidence to the contrary. In one study there was even a link found between bullying and brain damage.

Despite this, popular opinion seems to be that the effects of bullying are temporary.

A recent study performed at the Wayne State College in Nebraska reveals that the effects of bullying may last into college:

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