Entertainers discuss bullying at Brightway

RAYLAND – A fun fest, sponsored by the Brightway Center, is planned Saturday at Buckeye Local High School.

The guests of honor, two entertainers well known for their interaction with youth and adults, are scheduled to talk about bullying and the effect it has on society.

Elec Simon, who was raised in Smithfield and graduated from Buckeye Local High School, also graduated from the University of Akron, where he learned some of his tap dancing skills.

An entertainer from the former Broadway show “Stomp,” Simon has traveled through the United States and South America on tours with the group. He interacts with youth and adults as he talks about bullying and the effect it has on society.

Simon resides in Canton with his wife, Brandy, and two sons. He was named one of the most interesting people in Stark County, and he is now bringing unity into the area prison systems by doing inmate drum circles.

Simon has been conducting seminars in area schools on his own time. He teaches tap and drum lessons in Canton and has been a member of “Stomp” for eight years, traveling all over the country. He will appear in concert at River City in Wheeling on July 12.

His mother, Vicki Hogan, who worked with the Brightway Center during a breast cancer seminar and has supported the center, said “I am very proud of him. He has a heart for children and is on a mission on bullying, telling youth that it needs to stop and students need to respect their teachers and parents.”

Ivory Williams, a storyteller from Detroit, will talk to the group about bringing the community together. He worked with a group called EFFICACY, interacting with ninth-grade students in the Detroit schools. He now serves as president of the group. He creates his own type of contemporary folk tales about life experiences and has worked with the staff and youth at Brightway in the past. His professional storytelling experience came about after retirement from sales and marketing for AT&T.

The doors at Buckeye will open at 3 p.m. for those attending early to play games. Williams will talk at 4 p.m., and Simon will follow. Both shows will last approximately one hour.

The fun fest is free to the public. There will be refreshments for sale at a low cost.