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"We saw a lot of bullying outside, and we wanted to stop it," said Grace Sanders, an original member who's now in third grade.
The group began brainstorming, which has had a domino effect of ideas since then, Unnerstall said.
The club's goal is to make sure that bullying is not an issue at Alma Schrader.
"We really promote here that we are a family," Unnerstall said. "If you go to school here, then you have a family. The school is your family, and families take care of each other."
The ABC charter members, now in third grade, spend two or three recesses each week working on club business in Unnerstall's office. They held a business meeting to design and order T-shirts, which they now sell for $5 and are popular to wear on school spirit days.
"Right now we're focusing on our book, but we would like to work on more things to stop bullying," Sanders said, citing ideas 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," McKensi Williams said. "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."
"They can be a member by showing their membership on the playground -- by including others, by helping each other when they see bullying and to take care of each other like a family should," Unnerstall said.
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?" Unnerstall said.