Fairview Elementary student Damon won a prize from ''The Ned Show'' performer Will, Friday morning during a motivational session about character education. (Kirk Meche / Special to the American Press)
Last Modified: Monday, August 20, 2012 12:56 PM
Cheers filled the cafeteria at Fairview Elementary on Friday morning as The NED Show took the stage to teach students how to be champions.
The NED Show, led by Will, is a traveling motivational assembly that focuses on three principles taught through the “NED” acronym: never give up, encourage others, and do your best.
“It’s a good way to start the year,” said Karyl O’Banion, principal at Fairview Elementary. “Goal setting, treating others with respect and encouraging others are things we want to incorporate into our daily lessons here.”
Will used yo-yo tricks, sleight-of-hand magic and play acting to share the message with the students at Fairview.
Damon Ledoux, a third-grader, gave the best answer to one of Will’s questions and won a prize. Ledoux said being on stage to accept the award was his favorite part of the presentation.
“He measured my brain, then he made all the contraptions and made me a hat,” Ledoux said. Will took balloons and created a special hat for Ledoux that he called a “brain explosion.”
In addition to the hat, Ledoux said he also would be taking away the lessons from The NED Show. “It taught me to never give up and encourage others,” he said. “I’m excited about it.”
Third-grader Sylvia Leger said her favorite part was the magic tricks Will performed.
“I liked the last part, when he took the tissues out of his mouth and there were all the colors. That was really funny,” Leger said.
“I also learned that if you help and encourage others, you can do great things.”
O’Banion hopes the students look beyond the show and think about the message. She plans to reinforce the lessons of NED throughout the school year.
“My desire for this show is for the students to know how important seeking and attaining goals is, but to know that it is OK to make a mistake,” she said.
“It’s OK to make a mistake not only in academics, but in character building, as long as you learn from it.”