Since 1977, Chattanooga's Kids on the Block has used the power of puppetry to teach elementary age children about disabilities, differences, and other areas of social concern. Our curriculum uses the non-threatening medium of puppetry called Bunraku to introduce sensitive issues to children in the classroom. The puppeteers dress all in black and become the shadow behind the puppet. This illusion allows for a unique and effective form of education. As the puppets come to life, children identify with them and open up as if they were trusted friends. They receive an opportunity to ask questions and write letters to the puppets. All requests for help are turned over to the proper authorities.