Anti-Bullying Author Reports Great Success in Hartland - Kristy Short Recruits Hundreds of New Operation Nice Student Ambassadors Who Pledge to 'Spread the Nice!'

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Kristy Short, author of Zanda Humphrey's Operation Nice, an anti-bullying-themed childrens chapter book, and creator of the Operation Nice Anti-bullying Program, talks to Creekside Elementary School students about stopping bullying in their school. A highly energetic assembly, students enthusiastically promise to keep spreading the nice where ever they go.

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The book, Zanda Humphrey’s Operation Nice, targets elementary school-aged children—promoting a “be nice” message and emphasizing the importance of unity among children to eliminate bullying.

Michigan author, Kristy Short, Ed.D today announced the great success of her Operation Nice Anti-bullying assemblies at Hartland's Creekside Elementary school. Short facilitated assemblies all day on Friday, December 2, to each grade of students. The core message both in her book Zanda Humphrey's Operation Nice and her program is simple: Be nice. Short calls on students to 'Spread the Nice' every day and to everyone. Operation Nice is an anti-bullying prevention program geared toward elementary-aged children. The key tenet of the program is to teach kids life long skills such as being kind, tolerant, and respectful.

“This event could not come at a better time,” Short stated. “With the recent bullying incident at Hartland Middle School, now more than ever kids need to hear about the importance of being kind to one another and coming together as a team to prevent bullying. The occurrence at the middle school is such a disturbing story, and I for one am tired of hearing stories like this. Everyone needs to hear about the positive events that are taking place…giving some hope that the bullying epidemic can be combatted and rallying people to action.”

During her all-day visit to Creekside, Short introduced her anti-bullying-themed book and facilitated several high-energy assemblies. The book, Zanda Humphrey’s Operation Nice, targets elementary school-aged children—promoting a “be nice” message and emphasizing the importance of unity among children to eliminate bullying. The event offers a reading of the book, interactive activities, and a lot of dancing.

Operation Nice is the second book in the Zanda series. The book features lead character, Zanda Humphrey, a fourth grade scientist. Operation Nice introduces Zanda’s new invention, the BE-BOT (Bully Eliminator – Bio Optic Transformer)—a laser-zapping, caterpillar-crawling, “de-bullyizing” mini-bot.

“Operation Nice is different from any other anti-bullying program because it’s tied to the book. The story engages kids from the start. They also develop an immediate loyalty to the book’s highly memorable characters, which drive them to continue Operation Nice in their own school.” Short stated. “Even better, the anti-bullying message is not one of retribution, but rather bullying is combatted through acts of kindness and unity—and that’s the ideal message for kids.”

For more information on Kristy Short and the Zanda Humphrey book series, visit ZandaHumphrey.com or the Zanda Facebook page. Contact the author directly at kristy(at)zandahumphrey(dot)com.

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