BENNINGTON >> Two Bennington schools experienced a fun presentation on Tuesday that helped them discover the champion within.
Mallory Fuccella hosted "The NED Show," which combines yo-yo and magic tricks with an inspiration message that encourages students to "Never give up, Encourage others, and Do your best," the initials of which spell out NED. The 45-minute show, which is run by All for KIDZ Inc., has been performed in all 50 states, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, including 11 performances at the White House. On Tuesday, it visited Molly Stark School in the morning, and Bennington Elementary in the afternoon.
"How many of you want to be a champion at something?" Fuccella asked the students at Molly Stark, almost all of whom raised their hands. "If you want to be a champion," she said, "to be really super good at something, you have to make mistakes. Not giving up is about persistence, but it's also about having a championship attitude."
At the beginning, Fuccella, with the help of her cartoon cutout partner, Ned, told the story of their morning, which involved running from aliens, riding a roller coaster, and even flying to France. The story was illustrated throughout by yo-yo tricks. Later, she moved through the audience, asking kids their opinions on the NED concepts, interspersing jokes with inspirational words. "No way!" she said excitedly to one student after asking her age, "I was six when I was your age!"
The presentations are paid for with a "pay it forward" model. In the week after the presentation, students are encouraged to purchase yo-yo's, which fund the show for the next school. In addition to their presentations, All for KIDZ offers free resources for students, parents, and teachers on their website, theNEDshow.com, including activities, lesson plans, and more.
All for KIDZ was founded in 1989, and since then has visited over 25 million students, and will visit over 6,000 schools this year.
"Do you understand what happened here?" Fuccella asked the students at the end of the presentation, "This room got charged with championoscity!"
Derek Carson can be reached for comment at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.