Naples Soap Company is partnering with local student Olivia Trader to support her mission to prevent bullying. Trader, a 3rd grade student at Christa McAuliffe Charter Elementary School, has launched a six-week fundraising campaign, now through Oct. 28, to install a Buddy Bench at the school’s playground. A Buddy Bench is a simple way to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground by providing students a safe place to go when they are being bullied or feeling lonely, while also being used to alert teachers to bullying situations. Trader will be selling Naples Soap Company products to family, friends, classmates and neighbors in order raise $500 in funds. In addition to offering Trader a reduced price for the products for sale, Naples Soap Company has also agreed to a 50-percent match to the young student’s contributions.
Small for her age, Trader knows how it feels to be bullied and she has a desire to prevent others from being bullied, while also helping those who find themselves being bullied. In addition to spearheading the Buddy Bench fundraising efforts, Trader also recently launched her own organization called Be Sweet Not a Bully to spread kindness, raise awareness about bullying with the goal of stopping and preventing bullying. Trader is also part of the Students Against Bullying Encouraging Real Solutions (S.A.B.E.R.S.) Anti-Bullying Club at Christa McAuliffe Charter Elementary School, where she teaches fellow students the importance of not engaging in bullying and how to handle themselves when faced with a bullying situation.
“We couldn’t resist the opportunity to work with Olivia when she approached us with this special project,” said Deanna Renda, founder and CEO of Naples Soap Company. “Her tenacity and leadership on this is admirable, and Naples Soap Company is excited to support her efforts to make a difference within our community.”
About Naples Soap Company
Founded in 2009 by Deanna Renda, Naples Soap Company offers natural skin care products for the body, face and hair, as well as for those with sensitive skin. With retail locations throughout Florida in Naples, Fort Myers, Sanibel Island, Punta Gorda, Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota, Key West, Destin and Estero, products are also available online and for wholesale purchase. Offerings include soaps, sea salt soaps, bath bombs, conditioner bars, sea salt scrubs, moisturizer sticks, shampoo bars, body butters and accessories. Named 2015 Outstanding Retail Leader in the state of Florida by Florida Retail Federation (FRF) for its commitment to the retail industry and the community, Naples Soap Company’s products are handmade in the U.S. using only the finest quality ingredients, which are eco-friendly, made from sustainable resources and never tested on animals. For more information about Naples Soap Company, to find a location near you or to purchase products online, visit www.NaplesSoap.com.