Bridgeport school security officer publishes coloring book to teach about bullying

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — A coloring book is teaching kids about serious issues like bullying and how to turn a negative situation into a positive one.

Harry Bell is a role model to children at Curiale School in Bridgeport. Bell is a security officer and author of the popular coloring book, “Color A Positive Thought.” He came up with the idea of a coloring book for students after he designed a similar one for his son with inspirational messages.

“It gives you an example of a negative situation and how to overcome it with a positive situation,” said Bell.

He received a grant under the Kid Safe Act to help distribute the children’s book in classes across Bridgeport. The book is getting a great response from kids.

“I like the creativity and the pictures,” one student said.

It’s much more than a coloring book, it gives children tools to learn about bullying how to prevent it.

“Again, bullying is a no-no at Curiale and pretty much every school because we have to care about peoples feelings,” Bell said.

The book is also changing young lives.

“It caused me not to be a bully and do the right things,” said another student.

“It is a good message,” said Bridgeport parent Jennifer Powell. “A lot of kids don’t understand the fact of bullying. They don’t get that it actually hurts somebody, so you have a book that interacts with the bullying and let alone you get to color about it.”

“Color a Positive Thought” is the first in a series. Bell has a second book coming out in September of 2015.

“I know a lot of kids are not as fast as others, they get confused, but I have to let them know that it does not matter how fast or how slow you are as long as you get the job done,” the author said.

“Color A Positive Thought” is also published in Spanish.

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