WEST ORANGE, NJ - On Dec. 5, Pleasantdale Elementary School hosted an assembly called “The Ned Show” for students in grades Kindergarten through fifth.

The NED Show is an innovative character education assembly that uses humor, storytelling, audience participation and object lessons. Included in the program was the use of a yo-yo and magic tricks that taught students through the adventures of "NED" (an acronym for Never Give, Up  Encourage Others, Do Your Best®).

The NED Program uses a multi-sensory learning model to motivate, encourage and inspire students to become "champions at school and in life".

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Students were enthusiastic about the program and were ready to incoporate the messages they learned into their everyday lives.

PTA parents sold NED yo-yos during lunch periods as a “pay it forward “ effort which allowed the school to hold the assembly at no cost to the school.

The NED website is full of many useful character education resources that parents can use at home http://www.thenedshow.com/parent_resources.html.

The website also has videos that help instruct students on proper use of a yo-yo as well as some tricks http://www.thenedshow.com/videos.html#programvideos .