When teens Emily and Sarah Buder read a newspaper story about Olivia Gardner, a girl at a nearby high school who was being bullied relentlessly by her classmates, they knew they had to do something.
Olivia had transferred schools twice, but her epileptic seizures made her an easy mark for bullies. Emily and Sarah were appalled to read about the way she'd been treated, and they decided to write Olivia a letter, and ask friends to do the same. They hoped for 50 letters. They got 6,500.
Their inspiring story was in USA Today last week, and Letters to a Bullied Girl, a book with 200 of the letters, from people of all ages all over the world, is on sale now.
Hooray for girl heroes, changing the world.