This is the story of an amazing young man who went out of his way to make a difference in his community and school. 9 years old at the time, Izach Butler reached out to Kirk Smalley from Stand for the Silent to do a speaking event in the attempt to eradicate bullying through awareness and education. Not only did Izach manage to bring Kirk in, he created a movement. The following is an excerpt from one of Izach’s followers on Facebook: “[Izach] is doing amazing things to help others and our New Castle Community to get bullying out of our schools. We as a community need to be rallying behind him and make people listen! Thank you Izach Butler..we are proud of you!”.
This is an excerpt from Stand for the Silent’s Website:
“You see, 10-year-old Izach is tired of bullying. Not just the bullying he’s experienced, but the bullying he knows is being endured by others. So he thought long and hard about what to do and decided he was going to handle things himself. As a result, Izach has spent his entire summer holding fundraisers, rummage sales, car washes, etc. to raise enough money to pay travel expenses for SFTS to come to his town.
And he hasn’t stopped there. Izach is determined to help SFTS carry this fight far beyond New Castle, IN. He has already earned enough to pay expenses for this trip, but is still working to collect donations. We at SFTS are honored to know Izach ‘End Bullying’ Butler and have him on our side.”
By the end of the fundraising, which involved car washes, meetings with the Mayor, among many other things, Izach was able to raise over $5,000. Wow! What an amazing story. And the lesson of this story is that anybody can make a change; anyone can take a situation into their own hands, and create a movement that truly makes a difference in thousands of people’s lives.