ERIC Number: ED341084
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov-1
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Forensic Friends Voice a Helping Hand in the Community.
Bodenhamer, Julia A.
Volunteers are those who find that they have the ability to change at least one other person's life for the better. Public service programs can be established within the forensics medium. Such programs as "Kids on the Block," which uses puppetry to teach about individual differences, can benefit from forensics experience. Dramatic expertise, persuasive and informative techniques, and impromptu speaking skills are all developed through the project. In Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Special Program on Theatre Lessons in Theatre Education (SPOTLITE) involves fourth and fifth graders in a 4-day introduction to theater education. Forensics students can fulfill many roles in the program, by working with the young actors and helping them collect props, apply makeup, and build scenery. The interpretation of children's literature is another avenue for forensics students who wish to do volunteer work in the community. Whatever the public service project, meticulous planning is the key to success. The time necessary for organizational tasks is a major disadvantage of a forensic social service program, and volunteer efforts add to the forensic director's workload. However, the rewards are priceless: giving young people the opportunity to make a positive difference in an evolving society. (Eighteen endnotes are included.) (SG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma