Students enjoy character education program

NED: Never give up; Encourage others; Do your best

Students at all four Comer schools hosted a character education show in an assembly-style program. Called NED, which stands for Never Give Up, Encourage Others, and Do Your Best, the show is produced by All For Kidz Inc. The NED program is designed to motivate students and inspire teachers to use it to enhance the Comer School Development Program (SDP) in the classroom.

The NED program uses a multi-sensory learning model to inspire students. It was especially well-received at the Comer schools because it aligned with four of the six SDP pathways: ethical, social, cognitive and language pathways. 

Teachers received grade-level lesson plans about the NED performance. In the classroom, teachers were able to draw on parts of the performance as a strategy to connect with the Comer pathways. Teachers also have access to a website for additional classroom instruction and to elaborate on the Comer connection. 

The program was performed by one person. She talked to a life-size cut-out of a cartoon boy named NED who makes the wrong choices on his visit to Hartsville. He gets into trouble with a space alien. She engaged the children with yo-yo tricks and funny noises. The program was modified for Southside students, who are younger that those at West Hartsville, Washington Street and Thornwell School for the Arts.

To reinforce the instruction, the performer interviewed three students at the end of each performance to see if they understood what NED meant and why it’s important. Students received balloon animals and balloon hats for their correct answers.