Max Adler, who plays Glee's closeted bully Dave Karoskfy, encourages students to get involved in the arts as an alternative to bullying their classmates, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Earlier this week, the actor launched "Max's A-B-C Initiative - Anti-Bullying Through City Hearts," at Foster Elementary School in Compton, Calif. Visiting the school Tuesday, Adler encouraged students to get involved in some form of the arts, whether acting, dance, literature, or photography as an alternative to bullying their classmates.
"If kids understand from an early age that everyone in this world is equal, the thought of bullying others will not even enter their headspace," Adler says. "The arts, whether it's music, acting, dance, playwriting, or photography, helps kids realize that we all want the same things: love, laughter, great memories with family and friends and to be given a chance to succeed,
City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts, was founded in 1985 by juvenile public defenders Bob and Sherry Jason in 1985 and has provided arts-related classes to more than 30,000 kids.
"[Adler] may play a bully on TV," says Sherry, "But in reality he cares deeply about preventing bullying."
In June, Adler spoke with the Advocate about his closeted Glee character. Read the interview here.