Palo Alto mom and author Mayma Raphael is on a mission, and with the help of her 9-year-old daughter, has developed the children’s book,“Danny Trample for President?” that’s intended to serve as a tool to help fight bullying in schools and create a more tolerant, accepting, and respectful learning environment for kids to feel safe.
Over the past year, during an especially contentious election season, the number of bullying incidents has increased nationwide, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Many children are being attacked because of their race, ethnicity, religion and political leanings, and they feel unsafe at schools.
In response, Raphael and her daughter embarked on a journey to create a book that addresses those concerns and seeks to change the dialogue to foster more inclusive, empathetic, and compassionate behavior among kids.
“Danny Trample for School President?” reimagines events from the recent election and translates them to a school setting in order to be relatable for children and drive home a positive and uplifting message -- one they lean on as a path forward in seemingly uncertain times.
The book, “Danny Trample for School President?” is about an elementary school boy named Danny Trample who always wanted to come out on top, sometimes at the cost of degrading others. When the principal announced that there was going to be school elections, Danny was the last person his classmates expected to run, but his ambitions dictated otherwise. Only one person stood in his way of the presidency, a girl named Hannah Clarke, who was essentially the opposite of Danny, and was considered by many a much worthier candidate.
Danny did everything possible to make sure that Hannah did not win the elections. His strategy worked. However, he later experiences an unfortunate circumstance that teaches him a valuable life lesson of tolerance, respect and forgiveness -- and shows all the children at school that kindness and empathy are the way forward.
“My daughter and I hope this book will resonate with parents and educators as they seek to find ways to explain to their children the deeper meaning of modeling good behavior,” said author, Mayma Raphael. “Our goal is to emphasize the importance of supportive school environments where every child feels welcome.”
For more information about the book, please visit http://www.dannytrampleforschoolpresident.com/.
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Your support will help publish an initial run of this inspiring book. We are working night and day to complete the illustrations and hope to get to print soon. We have resources lined up to complete the print but need your support to ensure delivery in a timely manner as well post-production cost. Immediately after the initial production run, with your support, we can produce a Spanish version in early 2017.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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