South Arbor Academy Rocks Operation Nice—Kristy Short, Anti-bullying Themed Book Author, Recruits Hundreds of Enthusiastic Student Ambassadors

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Children's book author, Kristy Short, launched her anti-bullying Operation Nice program at South Arbor Academy with great success. With over-the-top excitement, Short added hundreds of mini-recruits to her program, all promising to "Spread the Nice" in their school to eliminate bullying.

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Author, Kristy Short, Ed.D

The kids were awesome! Children are innately nice, so this is no surprise. Programs like Operation Nice foster that inherent kindness and show kids how they can keep bullying out of their school.

Michigan children’s author, Kristy Short, Ed.D today reported the success of her anti-bullying prevention program,Operation Nice, after launching at South Arbor Academy on Friday, March 23. Short presented her program to a highly enthusiastic group of elementary students who all promised to continue “Spreading the Nice” throughout their school.
During her visit, Short introduced her anti-bullying themed book and program to the entire student body—offered within a high-energy assembly. The book, Zanda Humphrey’s Operation Nice, targets elementary school-aged children (K-5)—promoting the “Spread the Nice” message and emphasizing the importance of unity among children to eliminate bullying. The event offered a reading of the book, interactive activities, and a lot of dancing.

“The kids were awesome!” Short said. “Children are innately nice, so this is no surprise. Programs like Operation Nice foster that inherent kindness and show kids how they can keep bullying out of their school by joining together to promote being nice all the time. I’m so proud of the students at South Arbor Academy. They were truly a phenomenal group of kids.”

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. Children also develop an immediate loyalty to the book’s memorable characters, which drive them to continue Operation Nice in their schools.” Short stated. “Even better, the anti-bullying message is not one of retribution, but rather bullying is combated 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 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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