Features — 04 April 2013
Free anti-bullying and anti-violence workshop and concert at Murray State

Presented by Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary and Operation Respect

On Wednesday, April 10, Peter Yarrow, a member of the folk group Peter, Paul and Mary and co-writer of the hit song, “Puff the Magic Dragon,” will conduct a day-long educational workshop at Murray State University for Kentucky professionals and will perform a free concert at Wrather West Kentucky Museum Auditorium.

Yarrow and Mark Weiss, director of education for Operation Respect, will lead a professional development workshop on Operation Respect’s goals, strategies and implementation of anti-bullying and anti-violence techniques. Operation Respect is a nonprofit organization, founded by Yarrow, that strives to eliminate bullying and violence in child-learning environments by teaching educators and influential individuals interactive programs and hands-on activities that will educate children on respecting one another and positively handling physical or emotional conflicts.

At the workshop, participants will be introduced to anti-bullying and anti-violence methods such as the “Don’t Laugh at Me” program that uses music, video and classroom activities to create a positive environment for children. Participants will explore the impact of bullying in school environments and receive free materials and handouts to use during the workshop in order to become familiar with the new teaching resources. Yarrow and Weiss will also be available to answer questions.

This workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. in the Curris Center Ballroom. It is free and open to all Kentucky residents since bullying and violence occurs in every environment. Lunch will be provided, and each participant will receive free teaching materials. Individuals interested in attending can register online at www.kycss.org/index2.php.

Once the workshop is complete, the Murray community and students are encouraged to attend the free concert at 6:30 p.m. in MSU’s Wrather West Kentucky Museum Auditorium to listen to a variety of Yarrow’s top hits. Audience members are invited to support Needline by bringing a canned food item.

Yarrow graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, intending to pursue a career in that area in New York City; however, he quickly became involved in the Greenwich Village music scene, playing his first show with Peter, Paul and Mary there. The trio released their first album in 1962. They toured for nearly 10 years, and then intermittently in the time that followed. His music career informs Yarrow’s commitment to political and social causes.

The workshop and concert are possible because of a collaboration at MSU between President Randy Dunn; Dr. David Whaley, dean of the college of education; Gina Winchester, executive director of regional outreach; Dr. Jack Rose, director of the Center for School Safety and professor in the college of education; and Dr. Joe Baust, director for the Center for Environmental Education and professor emeritus in the college of education.

For more information on the workshop or concert, contact Baust at jbaust@murraystate.edu.

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