By Alisha McDarris
For Hometown News
MARTIN COUNTY -- In honor of National Bullying Prevention month Martin County Schools is presenting a new twist on an anti-bullying campaign by bringing in a comedian to tackle the issue.
In an effort to eliminate bullying of any kind, the district will present "Martin Stands Up...Against Bullying!" It will be a free, informative, and highly entertaining presentation by Keith Deltano, a public speaker and educational comedian whose goal is not to lecture, but entertain.
"He has real knack for being able to connect with students," said Michele Blanco, Public Information Specialist for Martin County Schools.
Mr. Deltano's goal is to really get to the heart of the issue, going beyond explaining why bullying is harmful to enlighten students as to why bullies do what they do.
He takes a serious subject and uses the guise of comedy to create a lesson that teenagers can not only learn from, but actually enjoy.
"What a great concept," Ms. Blanco said.
Fortunately, Martin County Schools haven't experienced the level of bullying that many other areas of the state and country have, but Ms. Blanco said the plan is to keep it that way, hence the proactive presentation.
"It's important to engage and communicate with the students as to why this is important," Ms. Blanco said.
Mr. Deltano will begin his presentation at 7 p.m. on Oct. 29 at the Jensen Beach High School auditorium where students from grades 5-12 and their parents are invited to attend. After he gets the audience laughing and taking a long, hard, introspective look at themselves, there will be a dessert reception with Superintendent Laurie Gaylord.
Registration is recommended by calling (772) 219-1200, Ext. 30257.
The comedian will also be engaging students at Murray Middle School and Anderson Middle School during the school day.
With the help of Tykes and Teens, Character Counts, Children's Services Council of Martin County and even the Martin County library system, Martin County Schools hopes to reach as many students as possible with the evening of educational entertainment and keep Martin County bully free.
More anti-bullying recourses can be found at www.martinschools.org under the Parents and Students tab.