Juggling anti-bullying, character building
“What bullies don’t like is ... themselves. They want to see what kind of angry bird you really are. Just be a red bird. If you do nothing, they will usually leave you alone. If not, go see the big kids, the teachers,” said Ron Anglin.
Anglin gave such advice and involved the Philip elementary students, all while he clowned around and juggled. He handled everything from yo-yos, soap bubbles, plates, clubs, bean bags to balls. He is a motivational speaker who performed during a Philip elementary assembly in the Philip gymnasium, Wednesday, January 25.
A West Point graduate, Anglin flew helicopters for the United States Army. Then, after teaching in a metropolitan school for nine years, he quit to became a clown and juggler to present a comic release and a message. His messages cover subjects such as anti-bullying, character building, cheating and others.
His billing stated, “I never left the classroom. I just went and found a bigger classroom.” To the Philip students, he stressed his three Ps – patience, perseverance and practice.
Anglin learned much of his clowning while entertaining children in hospitals. “Laughter is such a release of tension. At a hospital the kids are kids and don’t know how sick they are. But, the parents have been sitting up all night crying,” said Anglin. “I’ve gone into several towns after a tragedy and it was such a release. That’s the joy ... doing something that I used to get in trouble for.”
Interspersed among his silly rap music and his juggling, Anglin made comments like, “If you learn to juggle, your brain will grown three percent,” and “Treat people like you would like to be treated,” after the Army “I was driving school buses, and that’s a whole lot more dangerous,” and “Stop cheating in life, it’s not a video game.”