Exchange Club honors Riverside student for anti-bullying club

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Sharlene Cox presents Carson Caldwell, 11, with a "You Make a Difference" plaque during a Thursday night Exchange Club of Crestview meeting at the Covenant Hospice building. Carson created Riverside Elementary School’s anti-bullying club.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 04:09 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Usually, Carson Caldwell focuses on promoting Riverside Elementary’s anti-bullying efforts or participating in the Emerald Coast Young Marines, but Thursday, the focus was on him.

The Exchange Club of Crestview dedicated its regular meeting to the 11-year-old, whose school anti-bullying program earned him the “You Make a Difference” plaque.

"I wanted to make sure that he knew that he was making a difference, and let other (children) know that they can make a difference," Youth Pillar chair Sharlene Cox said.

Carson started the anti-bullying club after witnessing student harassment at his school.

"This kid was being bullied so much that he wasn't attending school," he said.  

After working with school administrators to form the club, he and members created anti-bullying posters and posted them throughout the school.

Carson’s mother, Michele, an Exchange Club member, taught him how to conduct formal meetings, from calling order to reviewing a previous meeting’s minutes.



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