How does the program
Following an orientation by BABES Coordinator, volunteers are paired and scheduled into area schools.
Scripted lessons, "stories" are told to the children by
the 7 colorful puppets and the stories are followed by lively
discussions. Each lesson builds on skills learned or topics
discussed in the previous lesson. These stories, adapted
to current language and times have been presented since the mid-'80s.
In 2005, a new curriculum was added to be presented strictly to
3rd graders. This new curriculum builds on the foundations
of the original set of stories and brings additional skills to
the 3rd graders.
What about these puppets?
Button and Bow McKitty:
Two kittens, a brother and a sister, from a two parent family.
Many of the stories center around these two characters.
Myth Mary: A friend to
the kittens, Myth Mary is a squirrel who often shares myths or
mis-informed information to her friends.
and his trade-mark "honk honk" warns the children that something
has been shared that is not quite right and to be sure and listen
to the correct information that is about to be presented.
A wise owl who shares correct information with the friends, usually
in the form of a 1-2-3 step lesson. When he speaks, the
children are about to hear better ways to cope.
Reggie is a dog who is a recovering, cross-addicted alcoholic,
and tries to erase the stigma attached to alcoholism. He
shares the lesson giving role with Donovan.
A rabbit who shares the experiences of living in a chemically
dependent home. She represents a child who is sexually and
physically abused. She is also a child of neglect, and she
helps the children to understand they are not alone. Rhonda
needs to reach out to someone she trusts for help.
How can I become involved?
If you would like more information about BABES or
would like a speaker about the program, please contact the Coordinator
at 428.6616 or by e-mail at
a few fact for the
2010-2011 school year
The BABES puppets spoke to 1,560
542 kindergarteners, 371 first graders, 292 second graders and 355
presented in 21 schools in 76