Pictured: Jeff Nelson turned torn paper into a long colorful ribbon as part of his magic act in "The Ned Show," which reinforces positive character development. Photo by MAURICIO JULIAN CUELLAR JR.

Traveling show performed at Noonan, Hillcrest, Salazar schools

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

Students from Noonan, Salazar and Hillcrest elementary schools received a treat last week, with the presentation of the "Ned Show," a national touring school assembly focusing on positive character development, academic achievement and encouraging students to do their best in the classroom.

Jeff Nelson, a "Ned Show" performer, said it's important for students to feel like a champion when doing their work at school.

"This presentation really reinforces those positive messages for students. Since it is that season, we focus on getting the students excited about the TAKS test, and also emphasize overall academic achievement," Nelson said.

The "Ned Show" is produced by All for KIDZ, and travels to all 50 states and abroad, including Canada, England and Australia.

Through the use of magic, juggling, yo-yo tricks and humor, Ned Show performers are able to reach children with their positive educational message, and students appear to respond to it.

"Sometimes things happen in our life, life throws things at you and you're not sure what to do with it," Nelson said towards the end of his presentation.

"The important thing to remember is that if you hang in there and work hard, eventually those things will come around. That's why you should never give up."

At Salazar Elementary School, kindergarten student Adam Perez took those lessons to heart on Friday.

"That show was awesome. I liked when he talked about Ned. I liked the yo-yo tricks, the round the world," Adam said.

When asked what he learned from the presentation, Adam said, "I learned never give up, encourage other people and do my best."

When Nelson is interacting with students, and he sees the enjoyment on their faces, he said it makes him feel good about what he's doing.

"It motivates me to keep doing what I'm doing. It's almost an indescribable feeling, to help these kids and give them something they can use to keep them doing the best they can in life. That's the best way I can describe it," Nelson said. "I never dreamed I'd have a job like that. Helping kids around the world"