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Calusa Elementary student leads team in creating antibullying mural
Madison Morrow, a fourth-grader at Calusa Elementary School, used a $500 grant from Disney towards a mural of balloons at the school to promote positive words among the students. About 75 Calusa students contributed to the mural. Madison Morrow, a fourth-grader at Calusa Elementary School, used a $500 grant from Disney towards a mural of balloons at the school to promote positive words among the students. About 75 Calusa students contributed to the mural. ANDREA M. MORROW Madison Morrow, right, a Calusa Elementary fourth-grader, led a mural project to discourage bullying. Classmate Drew Dunn helps her lift the banner about the $500 grant Madison got from Disney.
Fourth-grader Madison Morrow at Calusa Elementary School led a team effort on a mural project to discourage bullying.
BY NICOLE CAROPOLO
Special to The Suncoast News
Published: April 28, 2015
NEW PORT RICHEY — You’re never too young to make a difference, and a Calusa Elementary School student proved that by earning a grant for a project about spreading kind words.
Madison Morrow and Calusa classmates created a mural on Global Service Day.
Madison, a Calusa fourth-grader, received a $500 grant from Disney’s Friends for Change, which urges young people to be involved in their communities. Madison used the grant money to create the mural of balloons at the school to promote positive words among the students.
About 75 Calusa students contributed to the mural.
Madison started a club this school year about the effects of bullying and the importance of positivity toward others. The club has around 30 members.
The group has created posters and T-shirts promoting friendship and anti-bullying, as well as making a pledge against bullying for other students to sign. They also create “friendship bridges” at the end of each meeting, where each member walks through and the other members give them compliments.
“I feel that Calusa needs something to stop bullying because it does happen,” Madison said.
She hopes that the club will teach the members “how to stop bullying and how to be a friend.”
Andrea Morrow, Madison’s mother and K-12 parent involvement coordinator in several Pasco schools, likes how the club focuses on forming friendships combined with discouraging bullying in school.
“She really just wanted everyone to learn to be a friend,” Madison’s mom said. “They really work a lot on knowing what to do for bullying.”
Disney’s Friends For Change is a program that encourages kids to take steps into improving their community and environment. Madison was one of 125 young students in the United States to receive a grant from the program.
Global Service Day this month aims to motivate youngsters to act on positive services across the planet. The day started in 1988, and this year is the 27th year of the largest national service event day in the world.
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