Nashoba Regional High School will be taking action to prevent
dating and domestic violence with the powerful educational
theater program: The Yellow Dress
Dear Parents and/or Guardians:
A recent Journal of the American Medical Association article based on data from
Massachusetts schools found that one in five girls are victims of dating violence.
And in a 1998 study of over 1,000 high school students it was found that 45
percent of females, and 43 percent of males, reported being the victim of violence
from dating partners at least once. On February 10, 2010, Sophomores and
Juniors students will see The Yellow Dress, a dramatic one-woman play based on
the stories of young women who were victims of dating violence. The carefully
constructed program stimulates thought-provoking discussion about relationships –
a topic important to every young person’s life. Audiences are clearly moved by the
story of a young woman who warmly tells us of her relationship – that begins as
young love, full of passion and promise and ends in tragedy.
Nashoba Regional High School is bringing the program to our students in an effort
to prevent dating and domestic violence. “This program helps students identify
signs of abusive behaviors, learn how to help friends and family members and
develop school community awareness of the issue” said Ms. Rivera, RN. “Our
hope is to develop a school and community culture that does not endorse, promote
or accept violence in relationships and later domestic violence”.
The Yellow Dress program is produced and directed by Deana’s Educational
Theater, a non-profit organization based in Stoneham, MA that is dedicated to
promoting healthy relationships. Deana’s Educational Theater, formerly known as
Deana’s Fund, was established in 1994 after the death of Deana Brisbois, a young
woman from Topsfield MA who was a victim of dating violence. The organization
provides theater & arts-based educational programs to schools and communities
around the United States. According to Sher Quaday, Executive Director of
Deana’s Educational Theater, The Yellow Dress Program gives students important
strategies to help their classmates who are in abusive relationships. “We must
accept that most teens turn to other teens first when they need help and support
with problems. This incredibly powerful performance gives them accurate
information, tools for intervention and reinforces the concept that verbal,
emotional and physical violence are never acceptable in a healthy relationship”.
** Due to the sensitive nature of the topic, we ask that parents and/or
guardians notify the nurses’ office at Nashoba Regional High School in writing
if you would like your child to be excused from participating in this event.
Notes are due to nurses’ office prior to this event. Thank you!
For more information on this program, please contact the nurses’ office at 978-
779-2257 ext.1. And for more information on Deana’s Educational Theater, please
fell free to visit their website at www.acttoprevent.org or call them at 781-438-