Anti-Bullying Author and Creekside Elementary School Team Up to Send a Direct Message to Ellen DeGeneres

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Hundreds of Operation Nice students and teachers take part in short video to get Ellen’s attention and expand the Operation Nice Anti-bullying program nationwide

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Enough is enough with bullying. The more supporters we have the better. And who better than the queen of anti-bullying herself, Ellen DeGeneres.

Michigan author, Kristy Short, Ed.D is teaming up with Creekside Elementary School in Hartland Michigan to film a short video directed at getting the attention of anti-bullying crusader, Ellen DeGeneres. The author will be filming segments at Creekside on February 3 at 9 am, which include hundreds of Operation Nice student ambassadors and teachers showing their support and high level of enthusiasm for the program. Students will also be individually interviewed.

“Operation Nice is spreading fast…and it couldn’t be better timing. Enough is enough with bullying. The more supporters we have the better. And who better than the queen of anti-bullying herself, Ellen DeGeneres,” stated Short.

Creekside will not only participate in the video entitled, “A Message to Ellen,” but will also serve as a beta school for launching the Operation Nice Anti-bullying program. Short is working with school officials and child development experts to develop the program.

“I’m very excited about the video. I think we can actually get Ellen’s attention—and wouldn’t that blow things out of the water?!” Short stated. “Additionally, I’ve always wanted to challenge Ellen to a dance competition. I think my moves have her beat.”

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

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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 created the Operation Nice Anti-bullying program.

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