“I’m trying to bring a positive message to all those kids -- where instead of writing negative stuff on Twitter -- why not just be more positive with your life, and it will make more people feel better about themselves.
“We also tell kids ways to prevent Cyber-bullying is to ignore it, get rid of it, tell an adult, tell a teacher, tell a friend, talk about it, because the problem is with bullying so many people don’t talk about it. They’re too shy or too scared. If people are more vocal about it, it will prevent it from happening.”
Nominations for the honorees
Logan Alvarez, 11, of Homestead
5th grader at Gateway Environmental K-8
Parents: Eduardo Alvarez and Jodi English
From Jodi English: “My son’s name is Logan Alvarez. He is an incredible 11-year-old, who had to overcome many obstacles in his life from being assaulted at school when he was in kindergarten to growing up with a medically disabled father. He has overcome adversity at such a young age and continues to strive. He is in all gifted classes. He is the captain of the school safety patrol (protecting others from bullies). He is in earth buddies, and last year he was inducted into the National Elementary School Honor Society.
“”I am a teacher of students with Intellectual Disabilities and for the last three years Logan has chosen to attend the Special Olympics State Games with my students, instead of having birthday parties. Every night that WWE is on television, we watch it as a family. If my husband is not up to watching, we record and watch it together another day.
“Please consider him for the opportunity. It would mean the world to him, and he really does deserve it.”
Eli Bloom, 9, of Kendall
3rd grader at Devonaire K-8 Center
Parents: Greg and Laura Bloom
From Laura Bloom: “I am writing to nominate my son, Eli, for being a STAR. He is 9-years-old and in the third grade. Not only does my son exemplify being a leader, but he also sets a wonderful example treating others fairly and kindly.
“Each day he is responsible for taking care of his 6-year-old sister. He picks her up from her class, waits for the bus and makes sure they get on the bus safely. School personnel and parents have approached me during the school year to comment on how kind and responsible he is with his sister.
“In his after school program, he has become friends with several boys who are each of different cultural and racial backgrounds. On one occasion, there was an incident of racial name calling, and my son made sure to let me know about it and how upset it made him. He then joined together with the boys to let the name callers know that it wasn’t OK to be a bully. At that moment, I was exceptionally proud.
“Lastly, my son has a unique perspective on those with special needs. He always seems to understand their differences and makes sure that he doesn’t make them feel left out. I am beyond proud of my son. He is definitely a STAR in my eyes. He loves WWE and would be delighted to win tickets to see a show and be recognized as a STAR.”
Tristan Castillo, 5, of South Miami
Mom/Step Dad/Dad: Shari Sanchez/Norman Novoa/Alonso Castillo
From Shari Sanchez: “I am nominating my compassionate son, Tristan Castillo, age 5, for the STAR program. Tristan is a kind-hearted boy and not to mention a WWE fanatic. Currently he owns more than 38 wrestlers and will sing you every song they come out to by memory.