With the assistance of Maltbie Chevrolet and Upstate Chevy Dealers, Puppets in Education from Williston, Vermont, visited kindergartners and first graders on Tuesday at Queensbury Elementary School.

Two presentations were held to promote understanding of feelings, acceptance of others and promote friendships while engaging students through acts and audience participation.

Puppets in Education is in it's 36th year and serves more than 8,000 children and adults. Puppets in Education is operated by master puppeteers Karen Sharpwolf and Deb Lyons. 

Lyons said bullying "starts young."

Their programs focus on kindness and how to be a good friend at the kindergarten and first grade levels. As they get older the definition of bullying is introduced.

Sharpwolf and Lyons offer 20 programs which range from bullying prevention to cultural awareness and each puppet has his or her own story to tell, Sharpwolf said.

Assistant Principal Maggie Kelly said, "I thought it went great. It gave the opportunity to talk about feelings."

Following the presentation, 10 puppets were donated to the school to continue the discussion.

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