Students at committed to “spreading the nice” on Monday during an assembly which officially kicked off the new anti-bullying program in the school.
Creekside is the first school in Michigan that will run and author and creator Kristy Short, was on hand to introduce the program that works with visual reminders set up throughout the school.
“I picked Creekside because every time I come back, you all are so incredibly awesome,” Short told the crowd of students during the assembly. “I’ve seen you guys spread the nice, I’ve seen you guys work as a team, I hear the stories from your teachers.”
Short’s high-energy assembly that included a group dance number, worked to energize and motivate students to get excited to “spread the nice." The program also includes a reward system of bookmarks, stickers, and student ambassador positions that each child will work towards throughout the school year.
Operation Nice is a positive, educational approach, according to Creekside principal Lawrence Pumford, that is helping to change the culture’s mindset and teach children in a positive way.
“It teaches what it means to be nice,” Pumford said. “Because that’s what we want in this school. We want a nice, friendly environment where you’re happy to come to school.”