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A Plus: Brooke Balser's Bully-Free License Plate

Brooke Balser


Brooke Balser is a middle school student who's standing up to bullies in a peaceful and artistic way. The sixth grader at Independence middle school entered the Ohio Attorney General's 'Stop Bullying' license plate contest last year, remember we told you about that? 

Elementary students from all around the state were asked to come up with a license plate design and slogan that discouraged bullying. Brooke loves to draw and says she especially likes drawing peace signs. Her license plate idea has a rainbow colored peace sign with the words 'Bully Free' around it. 

Brooke found out she had the winning design this summer at a ceremony she thought was for her dad. She said she was totally surprised when Attorney General Dave Yost called her name as the winner. 

Brooke says she wanted to enter the contest because she was bothered by all of the stories in the news about bullying and felt like she could spread a positive message through her artwork. Ohio drivers can purchase Brooke's 'Bully Free' license plate for their cars. Some of the money will be donated to anti-bullying prevention programs in schools across the state. 

Way to go Brooke. We're excited to award you this week's NewsDepth A+. 


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