Children raise money to bring in national expert to help prevent bullying

BOWLING GREEN Ky. – Three students at W.R. McNeill Elementary raised the funds to bring an anti-bullying expert to the school where students got some time out of class to discuss a topic that affects students of all ages, everywhere.

A former theater Southern Indiana arts teacher, Matt Hart visited the school, shared his own story about being bullied and used it to educate other kids about the long-term effects of bullying with the hope of preventing it. His program is called reACT to Bullying.

“I was bullied pretty intensely from my eighth grade to my freshman year. I heard everything all the way from ‘go confront the bully,’ which physical violence never really ends it, all the way to ‘ignore it.’ My job I felt like was really to take the best practice to package it in a way that would be memorable,” Hart said.

Hart used methods such as audience participation, visuals and musical performance to resonate in the minds of the kids, and to further leave a lasting impression.

“I’ve got the best job in the world. I get to grab my guitar, I get to have kids come and help me out and do this, all the while really trying to make sure I’m giving them actionable steps that can actually make a difference in their lives and helping out the lives of others. I don’t know what more you could want out of a job,” Hart said.

Hart’s visit to the school is all thanks to Miley Smith, Nahla Kaufkins, and Ann-Thomas Murphey. These students started a fundraiser in anticipation of reACT, called Sprinkle Kindness Like Confetti.

The girls all agreed it made them feel good to bring Hart in to help prevent bullying.

And with all this, the kids will take away the lesson to, “sprinkle kindness like confetti,” they said in unison.