St. Patrick Elementary Students Attend NED Kindness Adventure Assembly

December 28, 2019

By: Mrs. Cortney Smith On Tuesday, December 3, St. Patrick K-8 students had a unique opportunity to attend a program that has been presented to students in all 50 states and across the world. It is performed in nearly 5,500 schools and encourages nearly 2.5 million kids worldwide each year. Preventing bullying in schools is […]

By: Mrs. Cortney Smith

On Tuesday, December 3, St. Patrick K-8 students had a unique opportunity to attend a program that has been presented to students in all 50 states and across the world. It is performed in nearly 5,500 schools and encourages nearly 2.5 million kids worldwide each year.

Preventing bullying in schools is as important today as it has ever been. The Kindness Adventure Assembly gets to the heart of bullying by showing that kindness is the key to making friends and respecting others.

This school-wide character education program, known as “The Kindness Adventure”, centers around a 45-minute assembly. The main goal is to create an awareness of kindness. During the assembly, students are introduced to a character known as N.E.D. He is a lovable cartoon character who is relatable.

During the assembly, the speaker, Matt, begins by introducing the students to N.E.D.

N.E.D. stands for Never Give Up, Encourage Others, Do Your Best

After the introduction, they tell a story which involves N.E.D. and Matt traveling to Kenya to demonstrate kindness. Throughout the story he used humor, audience participation and object lessons. Students were on the edge of their seat as the speaker integrates interactive media with Bidii Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya.  Together with N.E.D., Matt demonstrated the following:

 

Caring Is Cool

Include Others

I Can Make Friends Anywhere

Each Person Matters

Different Can Be Good

 

The speaker continually reinforced and integrated kindness, respect, and acceptance lessons that encouraged students to maintain kindness. It is emphasized that we all can show kindness just by giving a smile.

Students and teachers were excited by N.E.D. who is a simple, relatable, and a kid-focused character. Mr. Matt was an excellent presenter who got this message across in a humorous way.

The great thing about this assembly is that it is at no cost to the host school. The program only asks for you to hold a sale of Kenyan gear for a week after the show. Kindness gear includes three different types of artwork made by Kenyan artisans.  They use all the money earned as a “pay it forward” for the next school that wants an assembly, to pay for clean water in Kenya, and a small portion to the artisans for their talented work. Since the assembly, we have sold over 127 pieces. For more information on the show go to http://www.kindnessadventure.com/ and check out the free resources for students, parents, and teachers.

 

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