“The Peaceful Schools production of my play is creative, engaging, lively, and just plain fun! The actors have brought so much life to the characters, honoring both the humor and the heart of the story, and Shawn Forster’s direction is fantastic.” “Peaceful Schools’ production, coupled with their activities and handouts, will no doubt enhance any school’s bullying prevention programming.” – Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead Playwright of Have You Filled A Bucket Today? The Play
by ANNA WALTERS – Reporter In the touring production of “Have You Filled a Bucket Today? The Play,” school audiences learn about bucket filling through the eyes of a fourth-grade student named Trey. The play is written by Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead and is based on the award-winning children’s books by Carol McCloud. From characters, such as Professor Smarty Pants III and the Bucket Filling Fairy, the production combines humor with a positive concept. “It teaches kids that everyone has an invisible bucket inside themselves,” said artistic director Shawn Forster. Read the rest of the article on their website!
“You did a great job. The students connected with the characters and the use of humor always reaches students.” -6th grade teacher, New Hartford Central School District “Could not have been a better match, and the kids are so excited about being bucket fillers. It’s the positive message – instead of the anti-bullying message – because kids know how to treat one another vs. just saying we have a no bullying school.” -Principal, Mexico Central School District “It’s great to have the play to reference when complimenting students on good behavior.” -Teacher, New Hartford Central School District “Fabulous show – …Read More
Students at Granby Elementary School have made friends with a BFF – a Bucket Filling Fairy. A BFF and a color cast of characters made a stop at the school last week to perform the character-building play ‘Have You Filled a Bucket Today.’ The play is based on Carol McCloud’s award-winning book Have You Filled a Bucket Today, which introduces young readers to the concepts of bucket-filling and bucket-dipping. The play, like the book, is a modern twist to the golden rule – Treat others the way you want to be treated, using the idea of invisible buckets to reinforce …Read More
Interactive event encourages anti-bullying and positivity in schools by EMILY FARACCA – Reporter On May 14, Canisius College will host a program that advocates for a positive social climate in schools throughout Western New York and beyond. The program is a theatrical adaptation of the book “Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids” by Carol McCloud. The children’s book presents the idea that when you believe in yourself, your “bucket” is full. The interactive program, titled “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” written by Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead, is just one creative facet of Peaceful …Read More