A Missouri 10-year-old didn’t like the way some of her classmates were treating kids in her school, so she wrote an anti-bullying anthem to inspire change.
And Emme Rogers’ song, “Stand Up,” is not only making a difference at her elementary school in Carthage, it’s gained the attention of an international nonprofit that’s now paying for her to professionally record the anthem in Nashville, Tennessee, KSNF reports.
“I just felt like there were people in my school that were being bullied and they just didn’t want to tell anybody,” Rogers said.
Rogers, an aspiring singer and songwriter, posted Stand Up to iTunes and Spotify, and a flood of positive feedback caught the attention of ChildFund, an international nonprofit that works to provide nutrition, medical care and education to children in impoverished countries.
“It’s tough being a kid. I knew it was important, what she had to say, but I didn’t know it would be as relevant as it has been recently,” Kacey Baugh-Lee, Rogers’ music teacher at Maple Leave Music Company, told KSNF.
Researchers at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture reinforce the positive efficacy of “mottoes, honor codes, school assemblies, mission statements, dress codes, statues, stories, student handbooks, and contracts outlining behavior expectations. They all contribute to the relative thickness or thinness of each school’s moral ecology.” Emme's anthem plays an important role in this school.
“We’re trying to equip students with the power of music, so that they can go out and change their community and the world and so … we try to apply that in our lessons.”
It’s an inspiration Rogers said she’s taking to heart.
“It makes me feel like I am a voice for the people that are being bullied,” Rogers said.
Thanks to ChildFund, Rogers will soon head to Nashville with her music teacher and 20 other students to professionally record her anti-bullying anthem, and to attend a song-writing workshop.
In exchange, Rogers agreed to help ChildFund find sponsors for 30 children the organization supports.
“Being willing to speak and be a voice for kids,” Baugh-Lee said, “we’re just proud, just so proud of her.”
Teachers and principals working to strengthen moral and citizenship formation in their students can find information and strategies at the UK's The Jubilee Centre. The Jubilee Centre is a pioneering interdisciplinary research centre on character, virtues and values in the interest of human flourishing. The Centre is a leading informant on policy and practice through its extensive range of projects contributes to a renewal of character virtues in both individuals and society.