KATONAH, N.Y. – Katonah Elementary School students recently learned the keys to being a champion with the help of a special visitor.
Kathryn Whisler entertained students on Oct. 29 with her storytelling and yo-yo skills as she shared a tale about her friend Ned, who made a series of poor choices and ended up in trouble before his appearance at the school.
“[Ned] had a bad attitude and made some really bad decisions today,” said Whisler. But Ned was able to turn his day around, using the acronyms in his name: Never give up, Encourage others and Do your best, actions that champions embody, Whisler added. Students learned that these qualities can easily translate into both their school and home lives when consciously applied.
“If you decide to love learning, the things you learn will become part of who you are,” said Whisler. “Champions love helping other people.”
And despite Ned’s mistakes, he was able to turn his day around and make positive choices that led to a successful appearance at Katonah Elementary School. “Everyone makes mistakes,” said Whisler. “If you want to be a champion — if you want to be really good at something — you have to make mistakes and learn from those mistakes.”
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