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"We saw a lot of bullying outside and we wanted to stop it," says Grace Sanders, an original member who's now in third grade. She saw a girl push another student, and she also saw kids being excluded from games. She and classmates Jack Maxton, Sammy Reazer, Kareem Shaheen and McKensi Williams met with guidance counselor Julia Unnerstall to find out what they could do about bullying in their school. The group began brainstorming, and it's been like a domino effect of ideas since then, says Unnerstall. The goal of the club, she explains, is to make sure that bullying is not an issue at Alma Schrader.
"We really promote here that we are a family," says Unnerstall. "If you go to school here, then you have a family. The school is your family, and families take care of each other."
"Right now we're focusing on our book, but we would like to work on more things to stop bullying," says Sanders, like increasing awareness about the club, boosting membership, putting on skits and expanding to other schools.
"I don't think it's really work. I think it's just trying to make our school better," says McKensi Williams. "We really made a difference in the school years I've been here. I've been here for kindergarten, first grade and second grade, and there's not that much bullying now."
The only requirement for ABC members is that they not bully.
In November, the club was recognized by the Cape Girardeau Public School Board for earning a national award from the Character Education Partnership.
"Who would have thought that a group of second-graders would have that impact?" says Unnerstall.