Middle School India

The "Beat Bullying" Campaign

Objectives for Middle School Students

  • Share the story of Pinki Sonkar and the documentary Smile Pinki.
  • Learn about how hard it is for children to attend school when they suffer from cleft lip/palate.
  • Understand the power of films and documentaries to promote good causes.
  • Involve students in Indian cultural celebrations.

Materials: Online access, video recording phone or camera, crayons, gym clothes

Build Background

(Duration: 30 min. - 1 hr.)

Discuss with the class how some medical problems can stop children from going to school for fear of ridicule. Ask them about problems that could stop them from attending school. Watch the video Our Model and explain how Smile Train works. Watch the film or read Pinki's story and interview. Ask the students why they think this documentary was worthy of an Oscar, and discuss why documentaries are important.

Make Connections

(Duration: 1 - 2 hr.)

Talk to students about the Academy Awards and how they recognize good films. Brainstorm any Oscar-winning films they may have seen: E.T., Toy Story, Star Wars, Up, etc. Ask the students why they think a film about Pinki deserved to win an Oscar. Tell the students that they will prepare a walk/run at a later date to raise awareness for cleft lip/palate and help other children like Pinki. Their walk/run will be filmed, and they can start preparing posters or signs with messages to carry with them.

Class Project

(Duration: 2 hrs.)

Once students are finished with their posters, they can get several adults to sponsor their walk/run per mile or fraction of a mile, so the longer the distance they cover, the higher the contribution will be. These can be recorded on a Smile Train Sponsorship Form. On the day of the event, a teacher or parent can film it and post it on YouTube and to Smile Train's Facebook page, with a link to the class online fundraising page.