6-Year-Old Philanthropist Receives Congressional Recognition for Anti-Bullying Work


GAITHERSBURG, Md., March 19, 2019 — While most kindergartners spend their free time on play dates, one kindergarten philanthropist, Cavanaugh Bell is on a mission to spread positivity and change the world with his organization, Cool & Dope.

Following his month-long bullying awareness campaign in February that culminated in a kid-led bullying vigil, featured on CBS, and the distribution of 150 “We’re Cool” bags to local school counselors for bullying victims, Cavanaugh was presented with a Certificate of Congressional Recognition.

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After being bullied in preschool for being advanced, Cavanaugh stopped eating for weeks. He has since channeled his experience to give other bullying victims a voice. His bullying campaign began in late January when he delivered a moving 2-minute anti-bullying speech to area lawmakers to get February 21 designated as “Bullying Awareness Day,” in honor of children who have committed suicide due to bullying. His message of positivity has even spread all the way to Capitol Hill, garnering him recognition from government officials, including Representatives Ayanna Pressley, Jahana Hayes, David Trone and State Senator Cheryl Kagan. 

“There’s so much hate in the world and I want to change that,” explained Cavanaugh during a recent interview. “I’m only six, but I want to show every kid that they can have an impact – at any age.”

By supporting a different cause each month, Cool & Dope gives kids, as young as two years old, the power to give back. From his Cards for Sick Kids campaign, to his Bullying Awareness campaign, and now with his Love for Senior Citizens give back initiatives, Cavanaugh’s goal is to help 1,000 people this year.

To learn more about Cavanaugh Bell and his inspiring nonprofit, visit www.coolanddope.com and follow his philanthropic journey on Twitter.

Cool & Dope – Making Positivity a Thing

Cool & Dope is a Maryland nonprofit that is raising awareness and giving young kids ways to give back. With a new community service campaign each month, families learn kid-friendly ways to make a difference. Started by 6-year-old Cavanaugh Bell after being told that he was “too young” to volunteer, the growing tribe of “positivity creators” stay inspired by his daily motivational videos and are showing the world that no one is too small to create change.

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