(PRWEB) September 29, 2011
Children’s book author and creator of the Operation Nice Anti-bullying program, Kristy Short, today announced that she is scheduled for visits at elementary schools across the country to spread her program’s powerful “be nice” message. In October, she will travel throughout Michigan and to California to present Operation Nice and recruit Student Ambassadors into the program. Other state visits to follow include Illinois, Indiana, Georgia, and Florida.
Short will promote her anti-bullying themed book and campaign—Operation Nice. The book, Zanda Humphrey’s Operation Nice targets elementary school-aged children (K-5)—offering a “be nice” message and emphasizing the importance of unity among students to eliminate bullying. The event offers a reading of the book, interactive activities, and a lot of dancing.
“Operation Nice is preventative in nature,” Short stated. “Kids need to be taught the value of positive behavior early on, so that as they advance grade levels, being kind becomes a natural instinct. I envision developing an official curriculum for Operation Nice that would run year long as kids move from kindergarten through fifth grade. With Operation Nice as a part of daily school life, it is far less likely that children will become bullies as they advance to middle and high school.”
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 so different from any other anti-bullying program because it’s tied to the book. The story engages kids and gets them excited from the start. The kids also develop an immediate loyalty to the book’s lovable and memorable characters, like Zanda—further motivating them to maintain Operation Nice in their schools.” Short stated.
Short has received a great deal of interest in Operation Nice from several community anti-bullying organizations, such as Defeat the Label and Clarkston Area Youth Assistance. Short plans work on partnerships with outside organizations to advance a broad anti-bullying movement.
For updates on school events, view the updated events calendar at ZandaHumphrey.com.
About Kristy Short & the Zanda Humphrey Series
Kristy Short, Ed.D, has been writing stories for kids since she was a kid herself—creating her first book when she was in the 3rd grade. Also the author of The Dirt Bottom Holler Club, a young adult chapter book, she has a clear passion for writing creative stories about magical inventions and exciting adventures. At the heart of all her stories is a love and necessity for active, perpetual imagination.
The Zanda Humphrey series for young readers was created for Short’s elementary school-aged nephew. In 2010, she was asked to participate in her nephew’s school’s “Mystery Reader” program, and when she wasn’t able to identify a book she wanted to read, she wrote her own. Her first book, Zanda Humphrey’s Big Sweet Invention, showcases Zanda’s Cake-o-matic, a magic cupcake-making machine. Short even demonstrated the invention to students, complete with bubbling potions, rolling smoke, and of course, cupcakes. Described by students as “the best mystery reader ever,” Short was asked to return in 2011. For the event, she wrote Operation Nice and launched the supporting anti-bullying campaign.