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Anti-Bullying Musical Premiere

On Friday, October 21, 2022, No Weapon Productions (NWP), led by WIFV Board Member Connie St. John, and in conjunction with NexxtOne Academy (N1A), presented We Don’t Do That Here!, a 30-minute musical designed to combat bullying in middle schools. The showcase presentations, at 10 am and 1 pm, were held at the renowned Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Invited guests included educators, school mental health teams, arts teachers, and administrators in the DC Public School system.

We Don’t Do That Here! is just one component of the Don’t Be A Bully (DBAB) Project™, a social responsibility campaign that uses entertainment to reduce bullying in middle schools and help prevent teen and pre-teen suicides. The 30-minute musical was followed by a cast talkback. The innovative campaign includes a comprehensive, ongoing program that middle school educators, in partnership with school social workers, can use to improve school culture.

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