PATERSON, NJ – A new partnership between Paterson Public School No. 28 and Ramapo College’s Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts will bring important anti-bullying messages to the stage, and students in February, district officials announced Tuesday.

School 28 students in grades kindergarten through four will see Bob, The Bully Buster performed by the Walnut Street Theater, a Philadelphia-based theater group selected by the Berrie Center. The story, which is about a young teacher who wants to make a difference, uses the latest research on effective ways for children to deal with bullying. 

Additionally, students in grades five through eight at School 28, the district’s first blue ribbon school, will get to see a presentation of Mean Girlz R Bullies, Too!  Following one eighth-grader, Ellen, who is trying her best to fit in at her new school, this song-filled musical recreates the same hallways the students travel every day and the many anxieties students face.

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Both productions will be presented at no cost to the district.

“We are very pleased to have the generous support of Ramapo College’s Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts in bringing two wonderful theatrical experiences to our young people,” said Superintendent of Schools Eileen F. Shafer. “The anti-bullying message in these productions complements the district’s initiatives to combat harassment, intimidation and bullying. We are grateful to the Berrie Center for these tremendous opportunities for our students.”

“The Berrie Center is committed to providing opportunities for all children in northern New Jersey and found this unique partnership through Ramapo’s teacher education and certification program,” said Lisa Campbell, Director of the Berrie Center.

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