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Jan 30, 2013

Canadian Author gives lesson on bullying at Belize Elementary

The students from the Belize Elementary School this morning welcomed special guests all the way from Canada. Award winning author, Victor Lethbridge, made a special presentation to the eager students portraying signs of social issues affecting youths through story-telling. Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

It was a day filled with fun activities for some two hundred students of the Belize Elementary School. The 2011 Alberta Book Children’s and Young Adult Book of the Year Winner and author of Canadian Best Seller in January 2012, Victor Lethbridge and his wife, Dorothy, entertained them with storytelling and sharing a positive message.  The Lethbridge’s are on vacation and instead of sightseeing, offered to do a presentation to primary school students. B.E.S. was chosen.

 

Majiba Sharp

Majiba Sharp, Vice Principal, Belize Elementary School

“We received an email from his wife telling us that they were going to be in Belize and that they would like to visit our school and do this workshop. I had the pleasure of speaking with her and she explained what the workshop was about and that his books all have a positive message for children. Some of them are about bullying, building your self-esteem, about suicide—anything really affecting our children today. So we thought that was really important and were glad to have that offer made to us and so we jumped on it right away.”

 

Victor Lethbridge

After giving a brief history of his culture and family, Lethbridge took the students back in time with the plot of his award winning book, “Little Chief and Mighty Gopher.” The book, which has now become the first of a series, talks about bullying and rejection.

 

Victor Lethbridge, Author

“The inspiration for that book was hearing great stories from my grandfather. My great grandmother was actually at the battle little big horn; custard’s last stand; a North American history. Hearing those stories it kinda got me to place it during that time period; first nations in Canada—different Indians. Little Chief book is going to be a series now and the new book is out just in the middle of December and so it is a brand new book that is just out and we are leaving some of those, “the Little Chief and the Gifts of Morning Star.” The first one was dealing with bullying and the second one deals with grieving and loss and that is an issue that everyone deals with.”

 

The book, says Lethbridge, is not only for kids, but it is inspirational for teachers and parents. Duane Moody for News Five.

 

After the presentation, Lethbridge sailed back to Canada. 

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1 Response for “Canadian Author gives lesson on bullying at Belize Elementary”

  1. Bear says:

    Sounds like a good concept. Simple morality tales are a good way to teach young children, I try to use them with my own young son.

    I need to read how Mr. Lethbridge says to deal with a bully. My own solution was to punch him on the nose, then duck.

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