St. Patrick Catholic School

122 West Street, Portland, MI   (517) 647-7551

Reflections by Randy Hodge

St. Patrick Elementary Students Attend NED Assembly

Posted on September 11, 2017 at 4:45 PM

This past Wednesday, St. Patrick elementary 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.

This school-wide character education program, known as “the NED show”, centers around a 45-minute assembly. Its main goal is to make all the students “champions”. During the assembly, students are introduced to a character known as NED. He is a loveable cartoon character whose name is an acronym for:

• Never give up

• Encourage others

• Do your best

During a NED assembly, the speaker begins by introducing the students to NED. After the introduction, they tell a story which involves NED and his attitude. Throughout the story which uses humor, audience participation and object lessons, students are kept on the edge of their seat as the speaker integrates yo-yo and magic tricks into the show.

The speaker continually reinforces and integrates character lessons that encourage students to maintain a positive attitude and to work hard to do their best. It is emphasized that we all can be “champions” in our lives and towards others. Throughout the lesson, the three main teaching points of never give up, encourage others, and to always do your best are reinforced.

Students and teachers were excited by NED who is a simple, relatable and kid-focused character. Mr. Gary 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 NED gear for a week after the show. NED gear includes three different types of yoyos, extra string, and yoyo holsters. They use all the money earned as a “pay it forward” for the next school that wants an assembly. Since Wednesday we have sold over 70 yoyos and numerous holsters.

For more information on the show go to and check out the free resources for students, parents, and teachers.




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