Kids on the Block
Kids on the Block (KOTB) is a free program of Champions for Children, a non-profit agency serving Hillsborough County Schools since 1994. Face-to-face with the friendly voices and amusing antics of child-sized puppets, children listen, laugh, and learn how to recognize child abuse and bullying. During “Question and Idea” time, students interact directly with the puppet characters and become actively engaged in problem-solving. Working together to enhance the personal safety and character education curriculum, children in our community can grow up free from child abuse and bullying to achieve their highest academic and personal goals.
3RD Grade: The Child Abuse Prevention Program is presented to third grade students by extensively trained educational puppeteers to explain child abuse and neglect. Listening to the puppet characters’ age-appropriate stories, students learn that abuse is never their fault and to use the “NO, GO and TELL” safety message.
4TH Grade: The Bullying and Stereotyping Prevention Program, presented to fourth grade students, creates an awareness of what constitutes bullying and encourages empathy for the victim. Respect of physical, developmental, and cultural differences is also addressed. Students learn to “Recognize, Refuse, and Report” bullying to promote school safety.
Shows can be booked by any Hillsborough County public or private school between the hours of 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. 1 hour per show; if more than 5 classes in a grade level, please book 2 consecutive shows with a 10 minute break in between. No stage is necessary. Puppeteers need a 10 ft. cleared indoor space to place their stages with room for the children to sit on the floor. No chairs or tables please.
Funding for the Kids on the Block program is through the generosity of the following:
- Altrusa International of Tampa/Wilma B. Hogan Foundation, Inc.
- Community Foundation of Tampa Bay
- Florida Medical Foundation of Caring
- Junior League of Tampa
- Lightning Community Foundation
- The Saunders Foundation
- School District of Hillsborough County
- Suncoast Credit Union Foundation
- Mabel & Ellsworth Simmons Charitable Foundation
To learn more about Kids on the Block or how you or your group can help support this program, please call (813) 673-4646, ext. 1117.