Operation Nice Anti-bullying Program at Creekside Elementary Brings Parents into the Mix

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The Operation Nice full-year anti-bullying program to pilot at Creekside Elementary school in fall 2012 strives to make parents an integral part of the program. The program's creator, Kristy Short, and Creekside administration have planned a "Parent Update Night" to bring parents up to speed on the program's objectives and offer them useful tools to support the tenets of Operation Nice in their homes.

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Being nice should happen all the time, not just in school. Our goal is to get parents actively involved to ensure program success.

Michigan author and anti-bullying crusader, Kristy Short, Ed.D, today announced that the Operation Nice Anti-bullying program offers a component to get parents involved in "Spreading the Nice" as well. Parents will be invited to an "Operation Nice Parent Update Night," where Short will offer a brief orientation to the program and supply parents with a handout on the program's core objectives and methodology. The goal is to make parents an integral part of the program so that they will promote the program in the home and support its core tenets of spreading kindness on a daily basis and working as a unified team. The Operation Nice Parent Update Night is scheduled for September 12, 2012 from 6-7 pm at Creekside Elementary in Hartland, Michigan.

"It's critical that parents are involved," Short stated. "Being nice should happen all the time, not just in school. Our goal is to get parents actively involved to ensure program success."

Short plans to carefully monitor the program over the 2012-2013 school year at Creekside Elementary, working with administrators to tweak elements where needed for improved results. From there, Short will work to make Operation Nice a necessity in elementary schools nationwide.

"This is a program that will work...is already working based on what I hear from teachers," Short stated. "Getting the parents on board and active in promoting the program's message will only make it more powerful and long lasting," Short stated.

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

About Kristy Short and 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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