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Counselor uses costume to deliver anti-bullying message

Danielle Bocchino, from Vineville Academy, dressed up as the green-skinned character Elphaba from the Broadway musical “Wicked” on Halloween to deliver an anti-bullying message to students.
Danielle Bocchino, from Vineville Academy, dressed up as the green-skinned character Elphaba from the Broadway musical “Wicked” on Halloween to deliver an anti-bullying message to students.

A local school counselor went green to deliver an anti-bullying lesson to students on Halloween.

Danielle Bocchino, from Vineville Academy, dressed up as the green-skinned character Elphaba from the Broadway musical “Wicked” on Halloween. The show, based on the book by Gregory Maquire, tells the story of how the Wicked Witch of the West turned bad after being bullied.

The Broadway musical and the National School Climate Center have created “Wicked”-themed activities for the classroom. The character Elphaba is a victim of bullying and someone who acts to right a wrong, Bocchino said.

“I noticed how they had such a strong reaction to the Wicked Witch,” Bocchino said. “It’s nice to be able to give them another way to look at her story through this week’s guidance lesson. Elphaba helps students learn how not to judge people on appearances alone.”

The lesson tied in with Red Ribbon Week, a national prevention awareness campaign against alcohol, tobacco, drug and violence.

Andrea Honaker: 478-744-4382, @TelegraphAndrea

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