Patience Tatum smiled as Mallory placed a colorful balloon crown on her head after answering several questions about never giving up.
The second grader at Butler Avenue School was just one of many students who experienced The NED Show, which featured yo-yo tricks. As students awed at Mallory’s skills, they received inspiration too, when she talked about being “Champions,” which comes with obstacles, mistakes and persistence.
“You have to take baby steps,” Mallory said cheerfully to the students while showing miniature, medium and extremely large pencils with erasers. “Don’t expect to be an expert the first time.”
During the performance students learned about three skills through the cartoon character NED. To make it easier for children to remember, the name serves as an acronym for Never Give Up, Encourage Others and Do Your Best. It incorporates key themes such as school-wide behavior, testing or anti-bullying.
Although Mallory received a lot of the attention as she spun a yo-yo and performed tricks, she placed a lot of it back on their teachers watching the show. She addressed the importance of studying and alluded to how learning and education can be a magical experience too.
“Your teacher wants to help,” she said to the children. “By learning magic, your teacher can give you something you never had before.”
The show is associated with All for Kids, Inc. and partners with schools in the United States and throughout the world. NED performers have also traveled to the White House for shows. Since 1989, All for Kidz, Inc. has seen more than 25 million students and will visit more than 6,000 schools in 2016. Annually, more than 2.5 million students watch the educational show which focuses on the importance of persistence, kindness, diligence and excellence.
“Humor, audience participation, storytelling and amazing yo-yo tricks all combine to make it a truly NEDucational experiences,” Mallory stated.
According to the organization, close to 100 percent of the schools participate in its Pay-It-Forward program, which allows All for Kidz, Inc. to bring The NED Show to schools at no cost. Following the shows, curriculum and online resources for teachers, parents and students are provided on the organization’s website, www.theNEDshow.com.
Valerie Fretwell, guidance counselor for Butler Avenue School, appreciated Mallory’s visit and The NED Show, which stressed the importance of treating others well and making a better society for the future.
“It gives them an outside perspective of how making good choices can be fun,” Fretwell said.
Principal Vanessa Brown said the students are looking forward to experiencing the yo-yo fun. She likes to schedule programs that coincide with their character education program.
“It’s always important for students to hear someone tell them to do their best,” Brown said.
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