Middle school students from Arizona School for the Arts are asking the public to help meet their goal of collecting 1,000 hand-made butterflies to honor bullying victims, known as the “Spread Your Wings Project.”

As part of a Social Studies lesson, students were directed to come up with a creative solution to raise awareness about a current human rights issue. Students chose to emphasize bullying in elementary and middle school for their project.

“Personally being bully victims in elementary school, this traumatizing issue is very passionate and extremely important to the both of us,” say Spread Your Wings Project coordinators Josh Kaplan and Liz Grannis, who both are eighth-grade students in Bailey Williams’ Social Studies class.

“We would love for each butterfly to be colorful and unique, and about 6 inches long,” the explain. “One thousand butterflies is ambitious, but working together, we are positive we can end middle school bullying.”

All butterflies should be mailed or dropped off no later than May 15 care of Arizona School for the Arts, attention Bailey Williams, 1410 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, Ariz., 85004. For more information, e-mail spreadyourwingsproject@aol.com.


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