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Am I Normal? - Eighth-graders learn from play about problems of puberty

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Teenagers gathered for a play on Monday that aimed to address issues they or their peers are likely to face as they make their way through adolescence.

“Nightmare on Puberty Street,” a free play from Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theater Programs, aims to help students learn to deal with negative peer pressure, build healthy relationships, cope with depression and suicidal thoughts, communicate about health and social issues with parents or other adults and build self-esteem.

The presentation, put on by four educator performers in the gymnasium of Martin Luther King, Jr., was before an audience of more than 350 eighth graders.

Teachers and staff also watched as the characters Jerry, Malika, Natalie and Nick wrestled with tough decisions and fluctuating self-esteem. “Nightmare on Puberty Street” used comedy, music, dance and emotional scenarios in an aim to teach students that they’re not alone on the rocky road to adulthood...


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