NED helps students become champions
At first, said buddy Tim Shaffer of All for KIDZ Inc., who presented the positive behavior assembly, NED didn’t want to come to school. He wasn’t ready on time, and he wanted to play rather than work.
Bad decision. And like most bad decisions, Shaffer said, it got NED into trouble.
First, he was pursued by aliens. Then he was chased by Sponge Bob.
The story, which Shaffer illustrated with some cool yo-yo tricks, had a happy ending.
While NED was in Paris visiting the Eiffel Tower — Shaffer sketched the landmark in the air with his yo-yo string — he realized he was shirking his duties and missing out on meeting the students from Newby. So he hurried back for the assembly.
Good thing, too, according to the Newby kids.
They loved Shaffer’s humor, funny voices and yo-yo tricks. And they thought he had some good ideas, too, although they may not have realized he was delivering advice that was good for them.
“You guys watch way too much TV,” he groaned, pretending to be upset, when they broke into the Sponge Bob theme song. “You should read books! Reading books is pretty great, too.”
Shaffer told them they could be good at yo-yoing or anything else they chose.
“Every one of you is special,” he said. “Every one of you has things inside that can help you be champions.”
It takes practice and patience, he said. Everyone makes mistakes and isn’t perfect at first, he said, but they get better if they keep trying.
He asked, “How many of you want to be a champion at something?” And every hand went up.
He asked, “How many of you believe that you can?” And every hand went up again.
Shaffer also confided a secret about NED’s name. The three letters of the cartoon character’s name each stand for something.
N is for never give up. In other words, choose to have a positive attitude and keep going.
E is for encourage others. Compliment them, help them and practice kindness. Positive words and actions return to you.
D is for do your best. Learn from your mistakes and keep trying.
If you remember NED, Shaffer told the Newby students, you are on the right track.