First of all, your comics look AMAZING! We love how you included illustrations in the second one on underage drinking. We are having trouble with the link to the first one on bullying in school (More than a Bystander) but we look forward to seeing the full story since we already know the short version. Soon we will post a video with comments from our kids about your comics!!
Also, we are very proud to announce that we had the Launch Party of our finished comic book yesterday!! About 75 people showed up – mostly the mothers, siblings and neighbors of the students in our class. Reactions were great – our students were very proud of the work they had done and the guests couldn’t believe how creative and talented they are! Beyond being super impressed by the kids’ amazing skill and creativity, their moms now are more likely to recognize bullying as an issue for their kids. They are also more likely to ask their kids to share experiences with them so hopefully the 61% of kids who miss school at least once a month because they are being bullied can drastically drop!
Of course, during the celebration, our students mentioned their “good friends in the US” and talked about how much they have learned from doing this project together!!! We showed off a few of the films that we have exchanged through this blog – and everyone loved them so much, we watched a few twice.
One of the highlights of the release was when we asked the mothers who came to make their own mini-comics (with the help of our students) – you can see a few in the photos above. We gave a prize to the 4 best mini-comics and each of our own students won medals and certificates.
We will continue our campaign against bullying in Geeta Colony in the coming weeks by putting the kids in charge of distributing their comics inside the community and by hanging banners and posters about the issue. We hope that the kids can take this opportunity to continue to be leaders in their own families and peer groups! Check out the poster below – the drawings and message were done by Anuj and Shatrughan.
Stay tuned for another blog post soon – where we will share our students’ reactions to your comics and to the great survey that you did in your school!
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