Ypsilanti, MI (PRWEB) February 05, 2013
Kristy Short, Ed.D, author and creator of the Operation Nice® Anti-bullying Program for elementary-aged children, today announced the launch of the super-creative student-developed Operation Nice Classroom Pledge. Because the program calls on students to be active participants in the program (in partnership with faculty), the kids stay engaged and work to augment the program in innovative ways. The new classroom pledge is an excellent example of Student Ambassadors' dedication to the anti-bullying program.
"I am so happy to see the continued excitement around the Operation Nice program," Short stated. "One of the key factors of the program's success so far is that the students are active participants. They feel a heightened level of accountability because they are just as responsible for running the program as the teachers, and they are so proud to serve as Student Ambassadors. They take it very seriously. It's adorable!"
Student involvement is what differentiates Operation Nice from other dry anti-bullying curricula. The onus is not solely on the teachers—tasking faculty with continually working to keep students engaged in the program. Having the students run the program alongside teachers is the key to its success because it keeps them engaged and working on a daily basis. It also actively reinforces positive social-emotional behaviors like problem solving, responsible decision making, relationship skills, and self management.
"Our kids stay active in the program. They consistently come up with new activities and work hard to "Spread the Nice" everyday. I've never seen a program that has gotten students so engaged!" stated Elizabeth Millington, Creekside Elementary media specialist, teacher, and Operation Nice program coordinator.
The Student Ambassador-developed Operation Nice Classroom Pledge was launched in December 2012.
About Operation Nice®
Operation Nice (ON) is a powerful anti-bullying program that promotes positive behavior, kindness, and unity among elementary-aged (K-5) children—and is changing the very culture within schools. What is most unique about the program is that it doesn't solely rely on teachers to manage, but rather calls on students to actively participate—arming them with tools that empower them to intervene, discuss, and resolve potential bullying situations on their own. Operation Nice relies on its Student Ambassadors to “Spread the Nice” on a daily basis and work as a unified team to stop bullying in their school.
Another key element of the program is its tie to the anti-bullying themed book—Zanda Humphrey's Operation Nice. A reading of the book kicks off the program, offering students an entertaining story and lovable, memorable characters to get them engaged from the start. The “animation” factor further differentiates Operation Nice from other dry anti-bullying curricula—offering a fun, interactive, and visually stimulating program that promises real staying power.
Learn more about the kids of Operation Nice by viewing the video.
Learn more about the full-year Operation Nice Anti-bullying program here.
About Kristy Short & the Zanda Humphrey Book 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. She has a clear passion for writing creative tales about magical inventions and exciting adventures, and 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 was asked to return in 2011. For the event, she wrote “Zanda Humphrey’s Operation Nice” and created the Operation Nice Anti-bullying program. Learn more at OperationNice.ORG.