Stars Over Scars

One student leads a movement to heal others through the arts.

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Trauma is like creeping through a dark tunnel. Darkness closes in, and breathing comes in short gasps. The end can’t be seen. But then a bright signal of hope appears: it’s a star. This is where the movement Stars Over Scars started for junior Bella Cordero. Her goal is to helps victims of trauma, like herself, heal.

She’s kicking off the new organization at Restoration 1894 Event Space on the Liberty Square on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 7:00 p.m. It’s been in the works for more than five months. There will be live music, performances from the University of Missouri-Kansas City dance team, keynote speakers, slam poetry and more. Cordero’s idea took flight when she posted a poem.

“I wrote this poem called ‘My Suit of Armour.’ I didn’t think it would get a big reaction, but after I posted it, my poem blew up,” Cordero said. “It got published on articles, websites, magazines and started getting spread in surrounding states. It has also been offered to be read in New York. So many people reached out to me. I feel like it was a big accomplishment.”

Bella’s Support Team

Cordero knew no one should face troubles alone. This became a movement as she reached out to family and friends for help.

   “It’s been a crazy process,” Cordero said. “As a 16-year-old high school student, instead of worrying about algebra homework, I’m focusing on tax deductibles. Every night after school I go to meetings after meetings. I’m also going to events to speak. It’s showing me what the business world is like.”

Junior Bella Cordero hosts the “Stars Over Scars” event at Restoration 1984 on November 11. Photo by Emma McDonald

Her family is glad to help Cordero on this new journey.

“Bella’s my cousin,” sophomore Avry Asby said. “I’ve seen her go through so many hard things in the past and just seeing her be able to go out and want to help other people who are suffering through the same thing makes me proud.”

Stars Over Scars Mission

Cordero’s main goal is to get Stars Over Scars to become a non-profit organization. It would fund small businesses by providing art materials for classes for victims of trauma.

“Every soul has an art form to express in the world and most every soul experiences some form of trauma in their life,” Serenity on the Square  owner Patti Stark said. “Her movement has the best message, to not try to erase the trauma, but to sharpen the other end of the pencil and create from whatever gifts or talents you have.”

This event will help raise money to make Stars Over Scars official.

“The stars helped me in the dark. It’s a motto I want to share with everyone,” Cordero said.

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