Anti-bullying book and program helping children "Spread the Nice"

HARTLAND, Mich. (WXYZ) - Students at Creekside Elementary in Hartland are always excited to see Kristy Short.

She wrote a book called Zanda Humphrey's Operation Nice. The book focuses on anti-bullying.

It has inspired the whole school to be kind to each other and has made it fun for the kids.

"I wanted to have a poignant message," said Short. "The main character is a 4th grade scientist. She created the anti-bullying machine which is the Be-Bot. From there, I started getting emails from teachers and parents."

After that, the local author started doing assemblies and the message of "Spreading The Nice" was well received.

It took a life of its own as kids here picked up the idea quickly.

"The kids are coming up with activities of their own," said Short. "They are starting their own anti-bullying clubs, they're making posters, they're writing songs."

For Short, the concept came from personal experience.

"I was bullied in high school," said Short. "For a couple of months I was terrorized by a girl much larger than me and I didn't tell anybody. I didn't tell my parents because I was embarrassed. I didn't tell any teachers."

Her mission is to teach kids when their young to be nice to each other so it will be natural when they are older.

"I  think it makes people really happy because they are spreading the nice and standing up to bullies," said 2nd grader Vera Pietila.

"I like that you stand up to bullies and won't let each other get bullied," said 2nd grader Drake Whitehouse.

The school now participates in Operation Nice every day.

"One of the things that I noticed as a principal is the number of referrals that I have received for discipline has decreased significantly," said Principal Lawrence Pumford. "So that's been a very, very good thing… a sign that kids are happy at school."

Short is planning on launching the program, Operation Nice, nation-wide this year and her books will become a part of the program. 

You can find the book at bookfieldcreativeminds.com

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