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Anyone Can Be a Hero at Johnson Elementary

Nick and Mrs. Morris’ 1st Grade Class

On May 21st Nick joined Mrs. Morris’ class of 1st graders at Johnson Elementary to engage them in his “Anyone Can Be a Hero” presentation. Nick worked to show the kids that anyone can be a hero when they harness their inner superpowers, and that special abilities come in all shapes and sizes.

Nick and Job Coach Liz
Nick enjoyed demonstrating his speech device for some of the students!

The students were respectful and engaged in learning about Nick’s message. Nick talked to the students about focusing on what they are good at and what makes them happy, and not letting failures or challenges stop them from trying.

Nick told the students about his own experiences and the unique challenges he has faced in his life and used these examples to show the students that they can do anything if they use their own superpowers.

Are they good listeners? Good at sports? Good artists? Nick encouraged the students to think about their own abilities and how they can use them to help themselves and others.

The students worked to make their own superhero masks with the help of Nick and his job coaches Liz and Audrey. Nick loved seeing the many different masks the students worked hard to create. The masks reflected the students abilities, and Nick and his job coaches helped the students create a superhero name.

The students working on their alter egos!
The students made creative and unique masks that highlighted their abilities.

Many of the students were very interested in learning more about how Nick communicates. Nick answered their questions using his speech device, PRC, while they avidly watched his screen.

Everyone was eager to hear what Nick had to say!

Nick was able to give the students new perspectives on abilities and what it means to be a hero in their community. And he made some new friends too.

If you or someone you know would be interested in Nick’s exciting and interactive “Anyone Can Be a Hero” presentation or any of his other engaging presentations in their classroom or gathering, contact him for more information via his email or Facebook.

Thank you to Jennifer Morris for welcoming us into her classroom and allowing us to present to her respectful group of students.

High Plains Pre-K Visit: Just like you.

Kids get the opportunity to experience the way Nick communicates with the world. 

We had our first visit of the year in November with the pre-kindergarten class of High Plains Elementary. Nick read his book, “Helping in Action” and shared a bit of his life story growing up in Ethiopia and shared about the unique story of how he had a pet lion! 

Kids were in awe. A pet lion?

So many questions. How can we bring similarities and differences into a classroom where some may have not met a man that grew up in Ethiopia, or had a lion as a pet, but have had similar favorite colors and animals? It is an experience that is priceless for young ones to acknowledge — the beauty of differences and the beauty of similarities. 

We were so excited to be invited by friend and fabulous teacher, Jessica Soulek! 

Thank you, Jessica, for your support and encouragement. We enjoyed our time with you and your students!