SALT LAKE CITY -- Magician Steffan Soule plans to perform his magic in 17 Utah junior high schools this week and next to help students stop bullying.
His magic show focuses on the power of the Golden Rule to illustrate methods to make bullying disappear.
According to Ike Spencer, principle of Westlake Junior High, "It takes a special person to capture our attention," and Soule did just that, making a huge impact on students as he transfers methods for anti-bullying in this exciting, positive and educational assembly.
Bonnie Phillips of the Golden Rule Project commissioned Soule last year to develop the magic show. She says, "It is an exciting way to get students engaged in the magic of applying the Golden Rule in everyday situations."
Soule, a professional magician, says he accepted the challenge from Phillips to employ magic to show how to put oneself in the place of another. For example, he uses slight of hand to turn glasses into bottles, and a balloon and pin to illustrate methods to help bullying vanish.
Phillips says Magic and the Golden Rule is a curriculum-based performance for junior high students. "It is for school assemblies and events focused on engendering creativity and solutions," she says. "We all know the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. But, it doesn't stop there."
The Golden Rule Project was launched in 2003 and offers a variety of tools with the purpose of re-introducing this very important concept into people's consciousness. Since its inception the projects has produced unique, one-of-a-kind broadsides featuring sixteen formulations of the Golden Rule and placed them into schools in our community. They have also worked with the Urban Crossroads Center to introduce a Golden Rule resolution into the Utah Legislature to consider the Golden Rule as they enacted their duties.
Magic and the Golden Rule Assembly Schedule
Tuesday, Nov. 12
9 a.m - Spectrum Academy
575 Cutler Dr., North Salt Lake
2:p.m. - Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School
1065 East 700 South, Salt Lake City
Wednesday, Nov. 13
9a.m. - Saint Francis Xavier Catholic School
4501 West 5215 South, Kearns
1:30 p.m. - Sand Ridge Junior High
2075 W 4600 South, Roy
Thursday, Nov. 14
9:30 a.m. - Saint Olaf Catholic School
1793 South Orchard Drive, Bountiful
1:40 p.m. - Joel P. Jensen Middle School
8105 S. 3200 West, West Jordan
Friday, Nov. 15
9:15 a.m. - Saint Andrew Catholic School
11835 S 3600 W, Riverton
Monday, Nov. 18
9 a.m. - Kearns-Saint Ann School
430 East 2100 South, Salt Lake City
2 p.m. - Northwest Middle School
1730 West 1700 North, Salt Lake City
Tuesday, Nov. 19
8 a.m. - Kearns Junior High
4040 W Sam's Boulevard (5305 S), Kearns
5 p.m. - Boys and Girls Club
244 E. Myrtle (Myrtle is 5065 S), near edge of Murray City Park
Wednesday, Nov. 20
10:30 a.m. - Willowcreek Middle School
2275 West 300 North, Lehi
Afternoon - Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic School, holding open
Thursday, Nov. 21
Morning - St. Joes, time to be determined
1:30 p.m. - Mound Fort Junior High School
1396 Liberty Ave, Ogden
Friday, Nov. 22
9:20 a.m. - North Ogden Middle School
575 East 2900 North, Ogden
1 p.m. - Highland Junior High
325 Gramercy Ave., Salt Lake City