Bright Ideas: A book series aims to fight bullying and it's Italy or bust for The Baby Grands

CINCINNATI - The Cincinnati area is rich in creativity and bright ideas. Many artists, community activists and entrepreneurs are ready to run with projects and programs, and they’re turning to crowdfunding sites to fuel their ideas.

Each week, we’ll highlight two projects that are underway and asking for your support.

Project> Show Love No Bullying Book Series

Platform: Kickstarter.com
Started: February 11, 2014
Goal: $1,000
Project By: Todd Jones

With bullying still making headlines all over the United States, the Show Love No Bullying Book Series hopes to help fight the problem by providing books to libraries in every state capital and the District of Columbia. Jones hopes the information will bring more awareness to the issue and enlighten children on the subject, while providing them with tips on how to recognize and handle bullying situations.

Jones believes bullying to be an epidemic in our society, one which results in negative mental and emotional affects on our children. He was inspired to create and distribute material on the issue, with a strong belief that the book series, FUNducate LLC and The FunBunch, can make a difference in the lives of children being bullied.

  • Where will the money go? The money raised pay for the books needed to start distribution. Any additional funds raised will allow for a larger distribution of the series (both English and Spanish editions) to public and school libraries across the Unites States.

Why should people support the Show Love No Bullying Book Series? 

Todd Jones says: “Each community will need to stand up, address, and take steps to build social awareness in our children and take a stand against bullying. Even as little as one dollar per person can have an impact of a lifetime! We believe 1 book can not only change a child’s life, but can save a child’s life!"

WATCH: Show Love No Bullying Book Series video

Days until this project closes: 14

Project> The Baby Grands: Italy by April

Platform: Kickstarter.com
Started: February 10, 2014
Goal: $4,000
Project By: Carressa Mroz Smith

The Baby Grands, the School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) choir, have set their sites on an international prize. Directed by renowned vocalist Laurie Wyant, the Baby Grands have been invited to compete in the Annual Verona Choir Competition in Verona, Italy on April 3.

Smith said the idea for the Kickstarter project came to her after hearing that choir director Laurie Wyant had already donated $4,000 of her own money to support the group’s trip to Italy. She said she knows many of the Baby Grands personally, as her daughter attends the school, and was aware that several did not have the finances needed to make the trip. 

  • Where will the money go? All money raised will go to purchase plane tickets and cover room and board costs for students whose families cannot afford to pay for the trip.

Smith said she believes the success of this project will help to keep Cincinnati arts on a world stage and allow the youth of Cincinnati to build world citizenship and allow for rich experiences the students can add to their college resumes.

Why should people support The Baby Grands: Italy by April?

Carressa Mroz Smith says: “Our project should be chosen by a backer because it is giving back to our community in ways that pay it forward for decades through these young artists. Cincinnati has made remarkable strides to move us past the loss of industry, and this is another small step in that plight to bring us world renowned attention.”

WATCH The Baby Grands: Italy by April video

Days until this project closes: 11

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