RHINELANDER - Problems with bullying concern parents, school staff, and children across the country. The Rhinelander High School Diversity Club aims to end bullying.
The club is fewer than 2 years old. It's growing in popularity and awareness. The club holds events throughout the year to bring awareness to bullying.
“If we can get guest speakers to come in its going to really help the kids understand what it's like to be bullied, and how to stop it, and by having different activities that need money to be funded it's going to be more exciting and more kids are going to want to participate,” says Megan Marvin, a 12th grade Rhinelander High School student.
Diversity Club just got a $1,000 dollar grant from the Wisconsin Student Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse program. With the money the club plans to attend a bullying training at the mental health summit in Eagle River in May. Susan Hampton is a counselor at Rhinelander High School. She says bullying is less physical and more sophisticated these days.
“It's more text messaging sending pictures or posting on Facebook or spreading rumors about someone or calling people names those kinds of things,” says Susan Hampton, a Rhinelander High School counselor.
This is the first year the club was awarded the grant money.
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
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