Anti-bullying shirts


“I like my shirt. It’s cool.” ((PAUL)) AND A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE THINK SO, TOO. THAT’S WHY MANY IN THE RANTOUL COMMUNITY ARE JUMPING AT THE CHANCE TO GET A SHIRT FOR THEMSELVES. ((JENNIFER)) IT’S NOT JUST ANY SHIRT. IT SPREADS A POSITIVE MESSAGE THAT WE COULD ALL STAND TO HEAR. WCIA THREE’S COURTNEY BUNTING JOINS US NOW. COURTNEY — WHAT MAKES THE SHIRT UNIQUE? ((COURTNEY)) ONE THING… IT WAS MADE BY A THIRD GRADER. IT NOT VERY COMPLICATED. BUT IT’S THE SIMPLICITY BEHIND IT THAT NORTHVIEW SCHOOL LEADERS THINK IS MAKING IT SO POPULAR. IT MAY ONLY BE TWO SHORT WORDS. BUT PUTTING THEM TO ACTION CAN CHANGE THE WORLD. “I’ve seen even within my class where they’ll sit there and have conversations and say you know,’ that wasn’t kind, let’s try that again.” LIVING THAT MESSAGE OUT EVERY DAY IS WHAT ALLISON OWENS’ THIRD-GRADE CLASS IS PRACTICING THIS MONTH. “We’ve had so many conversations just within this whole class, you know, about using kind words.” AS PART OF THAT PRACTICE, OWENS DECIDED TO HAVE THEM TRY THEIR HAND AT SOME ARTWORK. “I said, ‘If you make a cool- enough shirt, I’ll actually make it,’ 06;09;47;11 and so one of them did, and then it got posted on Facebook, and then lots of people wanted to order it.” 8-YEAR-OLD DEMARIO HARRINGTON PUT HIS SKILLS TO THE TEST. “When he came, he kinda needed a little boost in his confidence, and he’s an awesome illustrator, so it kindof worked out.” “It’s something he’s really really proud of.” THE INSPIRATION FOR THE DESIGN CAME FROM THE BOOK “WE’RE ALL WONDERS” MAIN CHARACTER, AUGGIE, IS MISSING AN EYE… AND STRUGGLES WITH LOOKING DIFFERENT FROM HIS PEERS. HARRINGTON SAYS… THAT STORY ISN’T UNLIKE HIS OWN. “Another friend said, ‘Your hair looks weird,’ and I said, ‘My hair doesn’t look weird.'” “I don’t really like bullying.” THESE SHIRTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR ANYONE TO BUY. SCHOOL LEADERS SAY THEY’RE PROUD TO SEE HARRINGTON’S HANDIWORK SPREADING. “It’s a great thing for us to be able to spread our message in the school out into the community” ENDING: “BE KIND” ((COURTNEY)) ALL THE MONEY MADE FROM T- SHIRT SALES WILL GO BACK TO SHOP WITH A COP AND NORTHVIEW ELEMENTARY. THANKS COURTNEY ((JENNIFER)) IF YOU WANT ONE OF HARRINGTON’S SHIRTS….THEY’RE ONLY 12 DOLLARS. IT’S FIVE DOLLARS MORE IF YOU WANT IT SENT TO YOU. ORDERS ARE OPEN UNTIL NOVEMBER 1ST. HEAD TO OUR WEBSITE FOR A LINK TO THE ORDER FORM. SHIRTS WILL BE BACK TO YOU BY THANKSGIVING. ((PAUL)) TODAY IS DAY TO HONOR THE PEOPLE WHO COME TO YOUR SIDE DURING AN EMERGENCY. WE ASKED YOU TO SHARE YOUR PICTURES OF FIRST RESPONDERS ON FACEBOOK. WE GOT A LOT. FIRST RESPONDERS ARE THE MEN