Cazenovia Students at Burton Street Elementary School laughed, sang and learned last week that “Good Character is Cool” during a character education assembly featuring the educational concert of the Hill Brothers.
The Hill Brothers, a group out of Buffalo, use original songs, interactive dialogue, humor and audience activities to teach elementary students about bullying, health and wellness, the importance of reading and character education, according to their website. They promote the principles of respect, responsibility and teamwork in their 40-minute program they have been bringing to schools in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Ohio for 35 years.
The two members of the Hill Brothers group who came to Cazenovia Jan. 31 to perform — Susie Rozler and Judd Sunshine — said they had never been to Cazenovia before, and were so impressed by the town and how happy everyone was that they wanted to live here.
Rozler and Sunshine performed their anti-bullying program, and sang songs such as “There’s no place for bullies in our school,” “We will help” and “Vicious Vinnie.” Sunshine told the students there were three kinds of bullies: physical bullies who push people around, bullies who use words to hurt people both in person and on the computer (“One thing you have to realize is that words can sometimes hurt as much as a punch,” he said,) and bullies who leave others out.
Rozler and Sunshine told the students that when they see someone being bullied, they can choose to ignore it or they can choose to help by intervening or telling a teacher or adult. “Don’t just be a bystander, stand by them,” Sunshine said. “And not only can you give help, but don’t be afraid or embarrassed to ask for help either.”
During the show the Hill Brothers sang songs and had the students sing along, they gave the students gestures and activities to do while they sang — during one song they told everyone to stand and then to sit every time a word with the letter “B” was used on the song — and at the end everyone got on their feet and danced.