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Kids get star treatment

Glendaal fifth-graders premier 'How to Unmake a Bully'

Fifth-graders stepped out of a limo and walked down the red carpet as friends and family cheered on the movie stars.

The Glendaal Elementary School students had worked for several months creating a film to help quell bullying problems called How to Unmake a Bully. The fanfare of a red carpet entrance on Friday, June 24, to Scotia-Glenville High School was a surprise to the fifth graders and a reward for their hard work. Some appeared baffled upon arriving in the unexpected limo to family and friends, but others excitedly jumped out and basked in their glory. Several parents lined the carpet and snapped pictures, creating an almost paparazzi feel to the scene.

"At Glendaal we have the theme of a caring cardinal community and we were trying to figure out ways we could be a more caring cardinal community," said Principal Thomas Eagan. "[Teacher's Aide] Mike Feurstein had popped up and said why don't we make a movie about any bullying issues that may be going on."

The idea behind the nearly 30-minute short film started off with the idea of just making a few sketches on bullying issues. There were a total 47 kids helping out on the film, with some from different grades, and a core group of around 11 students constantly helped make the film.

"These ideas were coming out of the group and they were just so great and they had such depth that we decided it could be a lot more," said Feurstein, also known as "Mr. Mike" by the kids. "It just couldn't have been done without them putting forth the effort to do it and I can't stress that enough."

He is a teacher's aide at the school, but he isn't new to film making. He has several productions under his belt, which helped the movie have a professional polish.

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