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Listen to Podcast: Monster Dance Party Episode with Guest DJ, Shanti Wintergate & Greg Attonito Are you ready for a Monster Dance Party with guest DJ’s Shanti Wintergate & Greg Attonito from Play Date?  This silly & spooky episode of Hilltown Family Variety Show features a collection of monster-iffic tunes to get your monster toes tapping and creepy claws clapping.  Tune in, turn it up and get silly with the Monster Dance… Read More

On this episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show, Hot Peas ‘n Butter front man and founder, Danny Lapidus tackles the difficult topic of “Bullying” through songs that promote friendship, peace, and Anti-Bullying messages.

To This Day by Shane Koyczan “My experiences with violence in schools still echo throughout my life, but standing to face the problem has helped me in immeasurable ways,” writes Shane Koyczan.  “I wrote To This Day, a spoken word poem, to further explore the profound and lasting impact that bullying can have on an individual.” Collaborating with animators and motion artists, Shane’s spoken word was paired with 20 second visual segments… Read More

Southern Hilltown Domestic Violence Task Force writes: Bullying is different than it used to be. It still happens between classmates and within dating relationships like it always has. But cell phones and the internet have changed the landscape. Twenty years ago if you were bullied you knew who was bullying you and could usually get away from the bullying after school. Today, cyberbullying (bullying through the use of technology) can happen 24/7…. Read More

Sue Cairn of SPIFFY in Northampton, MA writes: Strategic Planning Initiative for Families and Youth (SPIFFY) announces two FREE Bullying Prevention workshops, both at the Hampshire Educational Collaborative in Northampton: BULLYING PREVENTION Thursday, April 8th, 2010 from 10:00am-1:00pm Presenter: Anne Gilligan, Statewide Coordinator, Safe and Drug Free Schools This program includes a pizza lunch with your RSVP. Learn about the pending Massachusetts Anti-Bullying legislation and implications for local schools and communities. Find… Read More

Massachusetts Senate Passes Safe School Package State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) announces action by the Massachusetts Senate today advancing measures that ban bullying and update nutritional standards in schools with a pair of bills aimed at promoting a safe, healthy and productive learning environment for all students. The Senate’s anti-bullying legislation prohibits physical, verbal and written acts that threaten or cause harm to another student, including Internet “cyber-bullying,” while a… Read More

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