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Friday, January 25, 2013

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Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Kate (left) cannot believe some of the mean things that her friend, Brianna, says to other people in the Sadecky Puppets show, "New Friends," at the Poland Presbyterian Church Jan. 11.

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Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Jared (left) and Erika Carcelli pose together at the Sadecky Puppet show at Poland Presbyterian Church. Erika is one of the people in charge of the Pioneer Club at the church.

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Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Joe, one of the performers with the Sadecky Puppets, told the children that the show they were going to see Jan. 11 was fun, but it also had a very serious message.

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Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Children of all ages are welcome at the Pioneer Club to learn and form relationships and friendships together.

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Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Kate (left) and Brianna are friends that come into serious conflict in the Sadecky Puppets show "New Friends." Kate has to decide what she will do about Brianna's rude behavior.

By NATALIE SCOTT

nascott@vindy.com

Poland Presbyterian Church hosted the Sadecky Puppets Jan. 11 for a show filled with fun, but also serious, lessons about bullying.

“The show is here as part of a kick-off to our Pioneer Club, which meets midweek and after school,” said Leslie Phillips of the Poland Presbyterian Church.

Pioneer Club is a 12-week program, once in the spring and once in the fall, that children can participate in and earn badges for various activities. There are badges for art and clay modeling, Bible studies, and others, including puppetry, all focusing on making friends, building relationships, and forging a strong connection with the church.

“It’s so important for children to have a strong community around them. Church should be the center of every family. Kids need a value system and to make friends in a good environment. There is a great group of kids in the Pioneer Club,” said Phillips.

At this show, the Sadecky puppets focused on the theme of bullying. The story is about a girl, Kate, who has a friend, Brianna, who sometimes does not behave the way Kate thinks she should. Brianna is often mean and spiteful, playing rude tricks, lying and pointing out the minor flaws of all the characters around her. Kate has to decide whether she should intervene with Brianna’s behavior or if she will continue to let her ridicule people who don’t deserve it.

The Sadecky Puppets came to Poland Presbyterian Church to show the Pioneer Club more about puppetry. The cost of Pioneer Club is $30 per semester and includes a workbook, snacks, craft supplies and badges. To learn more about the program, call the church office at 330-757-1547.


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