Category Archives: respect

Spread the Word to End the Word with the Scouts

Heiman Elementary in Evans, Colorado

The Scouts started the presentation by performing the Scout’s oath.

On May 1st at Heiman Elementary in Evans, Colorado Nick joined a Scout Troop to share his Spread the Word to End the Word presentation!

Spread the Word to End the Word is a national campaign to encourage people to pledge to stop using the word “retard.” Nick believes in inclusivity and respect for people of all abilities and this presentation is one he loves to give, especially to young people, to show them the impact their words can have.

Nick even participated in the Scout’s pledge, salute and all (with just a little assistance from Job Coach Liz Laney.)

Nick and job coach Liz participate in the Scout’s oath.

The Scouts were a respectful and fun group, and Nick loved showing them a new way to communicate. The Scouts enjoyed learning to use Nick’s Speech device, and they loved checking out his first book, Helping in Action.

Shaun, Troy, and Lauren check out Nick’s speech device.
Shane and Nick check out his book, Helping in Action.

Nick would like to personally thank Rochelle Chapparo for inviting us to the Scout’s meeting, and helping make the event so memorable and fun! Nick would also like to thank the other parents and all of the Scouts and their siblings who attended for their enthusiasm and engagement in Nick’s presentation.

Troy, Lauren, and Layland are so focused! Even parent Rochelle is watching closely.

Nick saw some old friends and made some new ones, and is happy to report that the Scouts signed the pledge to end the use of the r-word!

For more information on the Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign, check out their website.

To schedule Nick for a visit to your classroom or event, please contact us via email or on his Facebook.

Motivating high school kids: Is it possible?

We here at Awesome in Action are not sure it is….but we gave it a good college (high school?) “try” this morning at Greeley’s University Schools.

 

We had an awesome time in Mr. Hatfield’s advising class with 31 students….the subject of the presentation: “Why Try?”

 

Nick spent 1/2 hour explaining to the students how he keeps himself motivated to reach his goals.

 

He talked to them about PERSPECTIVE, and the impact thoughts have on our feelings about upcoming events.  IMG_7232sm

 

Nick explained that he feels nervous sometimes about his events, but he always tries to change his attitude so that he gains the courage to try.

 

We hope the high school students of University Schools in Greeley came away from the presentation believing they can make a change in their life.

 

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As a bonus, Nick was able to visit with Greeley University School’s principal, Holly Sample, a great friend and mentor who has been in his life for over 20 years. Nick loves

her laugh!

 

 

Ciao, Bulldogs!  IMG_7268sm.jpg