Meet Max, our newest hero who is making a difference in his community and beyond.
He is the founder of Me Infinity which is a clothing line with the important message to “Be yourself forever” by not giving in to peer pressure. Wearing a t-shirt with this message validates that you are just as important as the next person and shows strength against bullying.
In this interview with Sprigeo, Max explains how he was cyber-bullied and didn’t feel safe at school which led him to start a website and a line of t-shirts with his message of empowerment. Me Infinity t-shirt sales support the Megan Meier Foundation.
Max thinks it would be great if Me Infinity “just helps one person” with it’s message. We are confident that many kids are already benefiting from Max’s efforts. Join us in applauding Max and welcoming him as one of Sprigeo’s Heroes!
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!”.
Izach Butler campaigning for SFTS
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.
As I was watching the Amanda Todd video during an in-service session, the part “I have nobody. I need someone” really struck me. I knew that Amanda was not alone in her thinking; there are pre-teens and teens all over the world who feel the same way.
I wanted to reach out to the students where I work, Delsea Regional High School, to let them know that they were NOT alone.
After the in-service I wrote a script; it was all single lines that could easily be memorized and said by the people participating in the video. It took me about 15 minutes to complete.
Then I e-mailed the script to the entire staff and asked for volunteers who would be willing to participate. Within minutes I had about 15 volunteers. The rest signed on soon after.
On the day of filming, I set up my personal HD video camera on a stack of books on a student desk (I didn’t have a tripod) and moved a side table in front of the Smartboard for the participants to sit on so the screen shot of Amanda could be seen behind them.Three copies of the script were printed and each person was given two-three lines to say for the filming. I fed them the lines, filmed it one by one, and wrote down who said each line for later reference. Shooting took about 20 minutes total.
Once I got home, I transfered the footage into Windows Movie Maker, used my list to put it in order, and then added some text and music before I uploaded it to Vimeo. That whole process took me about an hour.
Two days later, the video was show school-wide in the Olweus anti-bullying session that were being held in each classroom.