Fort Dodge Community School District

A Life Lesson for Cooper and Duncombe Students

October 9, 2012

October 9, 2012, Fort Dodge, IA-  Cooper and Duncombe Elementary students learned an important life lesson today: to become champions in school and life remember to never give up, encourage others and do your best, or NED. 

The NED Show is a highly interactive, motivational show that promotes positive attitudes and good decision making. The show teaches that everyone has gifts and abilities that make them a champion, and that remembering NED and treating others with respect can cause great things to happen.

Ralph, the NED Show guy, explained that the show uses yoyo tricks, humor, audience participation and storytelling to emphasize the NED message. He has spent the past three years, sharing the NED message with students around the world.

“It’s very cool to get to spend my days in schools making kids laugh and smile while spreading an awesome message,” Ralph said. “It’s a great feeling knowing that I am doing something that can impact their lives in a positive way.” 

During the assembly, Tate Martinson, a Cooper 4th grader, was invited to join Ralph in front of his school mates. When asked what he will remember about NED he said that he should always try his hardest and learn from any mistakes he makes. All the students pledged to NED as well as to be kind, responsible, respectful and safe for themselves, their classmates and their teachers. 

“It’s exciting to see the students inspired to do the right thing,” stated Kristy Smith, Cooper/Duncombe Elementary Guidance Counselor. “The three NED goals tie nicely with the PBIS expectations for our students. The more the kids see how these expectations tie into everything they do and far following the expectations can take them, the more meaningful they become.”



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