Circus-themed, elementary character education school assembly teaching we are all different and we are all the same!
In-Person or Virtual/Online for Schools and Camps!Age Range: K-6
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It’s not just a highly engaging circus themed school show! And it’s not a normal character education school assembly. While most character ed assemblies focus only on defining character traits and explaining how to use those traits, Diversity Circus goes much deeper. This powerful and proven-effective character assembly will teach your students that every person belongs.
“Be Fair, Be Aware, include others, and use Respect” are the four lessons students will learn during the Diversity Circus character education school assembly. This proven-effective elementary character education program also covers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s character message, Cultural Diversity, Diversity in the Classroom, Being Fair, and more. It’s a perfect program to honor the MLK Holiday, Black History Month, and to support your school’s PBIS program and anti-bullying efforts.
The Diversity Circus character school show uses TONS of audience participation, hilarious comedy, kooky characters, costumes, incredible one-of-a-kind magical illusions, and non-stop hysterical action to engage students and to keep kids talking long after the show is over.
A lion, a mouse, and a giant chicken help teach the diversity lessons taught by Smudgy the Clown as well as the ringmaster’s assistant sidekick. Your students will identify with and relate to Smudgy as the comic relief during this wacky four-act circus assembly show. One of your students will become the World’s Strongest Student, another student will be made half-way invisible. And two more students will magically change and transform into each other while dressed up and acting on stage. Your entire school will be laughing so much, your students won’t even realize they’re learning!
List of topics covered in Diversity Circus School Assembly:
- Explanation of Topics Covered: Fair, Aware, Include, Respect
- Differences in the cultural aspects of people, including food, music, clothing
- Not guessing about others based on the way they look, dress, or act
- Thinking of others before you think of yourself
- Martin Luther King Jr.’s message to the world
- Aesop’s fables and a lesson in treating others how you want to be treated, respect
Diversity Circus Graphic Novel
Diversity Circus is also a graphic novel with puzzles, games, magic tricks, and more. Reinforce the lessons of the show by purchasing a Diversity Circus graphic novel for your student as an add-on to your live or online Diversity Circus assembly. Contact us for price/shipping details.
Diversity Circus Origin Story
Doug Scheer is the presenter and creator of the Diversity Circus School Assembly, as well as two other phenomenally popular Character Education Assemblies titled Mystery of the Character Surprise and Les Trouble PI.
At the age of three years old, Doug’s son was diagnosed with Autism. As their family life took a dramatic left turn, Doug focused on making acceptance a primary lesson into one of his circus school assembly programs. Thus, the Diversity Circus character education school show was born.
Though he doesn’t share this story as a part of his programs, Doug created the Diversity Circus character education assembly program as part of his personal passion for spreading to the world the message of acceptance, as well as an understanding of everyone. Not just for his son, but for all students who are judged as different.
Diversity Circus Virtual/Online Setup
Audience: K-6 Capacity: Unlimited
Presentation Time: 40 minutes
Platform: pre-recorded, delivered via YouTube
Presenter will: set-up and email a YouTube link as late as the week prior to your show date. It will be available all day on any date you choose.
Diversity Circus In-Person Setup
Audience: K-6 Capacity: 400 in-person
Presentation Time: 45 minutes
Prefer split younger/older but not required
Set-Up Time: 45 minutes. Pleasure ensure performance space is clear and empty of classes during set-up time.
Take-Down Time: 30 minutes
Presentation Area: Brightly lit performance space; minimum area of 8 ft. x 20 ft. Performance space can be stage or floor-level; floor level is preferred. If performance space is floor level, please seat students on the floor and not in chairs. If the performance area is a stage, please make sure there are stairs for easy volunteer access to the performance area.
Assembly Requirements: Nearby electrical outlet or extension cord. Depending on your location, you may be asked to provide a PA system with RCA-jack input.
Circus-themed character assembly teaching we’re all different and all the same!
It’s not just an engaging circus themed school show! And it’s not a normal character education assembly. While most focus only on defining character traits and explaining how to use those traits, Diversity Circus goes much deeper. It’s a powerful character show that teaches students everyone belongs.
A proven-effective elementary character education program.
“Be Fair, Be Aware, include others, and use Respect” are the four lessons students will learn during Diversity Circus. This proven-effective elementary character education program also covers: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s character message, Cultural Diversity, Diversity in the Classroom, Being Fair, and more. It’s perfect to honor the MLK Holiday, Black History Month, and to support your PBIS and anti-bullying programs.
Tons of audience participation, comedy, magic, and non-stop action keeps students engaged.
A lion, a mouse, and a giant chicken help teach the lessons led by Smudgy the Clown and her ringmaster sidekick. Your students will identify with Smudgy as the comic relief during this wacky four-act circus show. One student will become the World’s Strongest Kid, another will become partially invisible. And two more will transform into one another while dressed up as a mouse and lion. Your entire school will be laughing so much, your students won’t even realize they’re learning!
Just wanted to reach out and Thank you for setting up the Virtual Diversity Circus for Richboro Elementary! The kids and staff loved it! The students were laughing and the teachers said it was a very good show! Thanks again!
Sheryl Clopton – Admin. Asst.
Our students loved Virtual Diversity Circus and it would definitely be an assembly I would bring back once we are in-person.
Carley Ashnault – School Counselor
South Plainfield, NJ
I received an overwhelming response of positive feedback for Virtual Diversity Circus!
Denise La Rosa – PTA
Stony Point, NY
The virtual assembly was very cute. I loved the four parts and how everything tied in together!
Leanna Fay – School Counselor
South Plainfield, NJ
Thank you so much! The Virtual Diversity Circus was wonderful!
Liz Foster – School Counselor
Sharon Center School
A group of leading teachers and principals would not be able to come up with a diversity school assembly as amazing as this. It’s perfect!
Don Tobe – Retired Principal
We got good feedback on Virtual Diversity Circus!
Dana Marucci – PTO
We LOVE Diversity Circus! We appreciate how Doug adjusts the program for our early childhood population of ages 4-6. We highly reccommend Diversity Circus for elementary schools through grade 6!
Susan Ford – Principal
Garden City, MI
Every student and every teacher was completely engaged. I was so caught up, i lost track of the time! Diversity Circus is one of the best character education shows we have seen at our school. Actually, it’s one of the BEST school assemblies we have seen, period!
Patricia Werner – former Principal
Hickory Woods ES
Walled Lake, MI
Diversity Circus will be a certain success at your school! Doug’s presentations are always a sure thing! My students love his enthralling and funny entertainment. My teachers love him for his hilarious and positive engagement and interactions with our students. Your school will love him for his fantastic character education messages and his professionalism. We bring him every year to our school for a different program (all of his programs are outstanding!), and every year my students are even more amazed!
Sam Argiri – Principal
Mark Twain ES
5 out of 5!
Dawn Maison – Cultural Arts VP
North Baldwin, NY
Kept kids entertained throughout, while teaching great lessons in how to be nice to everyone.
Alicia Harrison – Enrichment Chairperson
Oak View ES
I am so thankful you recommended this show. It was OUTSTANDING! The show was SPECTACULAR! Doug did another outstanding job. Our students and staff loved it and it presented a beautiful message. I would have Doug back to our school for any of his programs. He is so kid-friendly and what a terrific presenter!
Patricia Sotero – Principal
Center Street ES
Students and teachers really enjoyed the assembly. We are looking forward to have you with us again soon.
Anna P. Mote ES
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