From the Innisfail Province:
Now you see them, now you don’t. Like magic, the bullies will all go away.
It’s no hocus-pocus. It’s the Steve Harmer way. And the magician, a former Calgary Board of Education school teacher, counsellor and principal, has been having fun teaching wholesome messages to children for more than 30 years.
On March 5, Harmer, who operates under the company name of Motivational Magic, gave a 55-minute performance to students, from kindergarten through Grade 5, at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys School.
It was Day 4 of the school’s first-ever Safe and Caring Week and the magician, who has performed at more than 3,000 schools throughout Western Canada, presented The Friendship Factor.
“Friendship is the antidote to bullying. If we can teach kids to be a friend the bullies will disappear,” said Harmer. “I give the kids seven strategies to make and teach friends. The more strategies we can give them the more successful they are going to be and they are going to be happier.