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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.

Check in’ in with my Awesome Tribe

14409669_1268983826469102_408465762688001157_oGood day, Awesome tribes people. The AiA team, at Nick’s direction, would like you to know that he recently disappeared for a small medical issue, but has returned in true style like the superhero he is!  There’s only one thing to do when you disappear ….

In keeping with the push of information, Nick found two pieces of information today while checking messages and getting back up to speed on work life.

worldcpday2016The first piece of new information is that yesterday was what an emerging group of activists call World CP Day .  We are learning more about this movement and if you click the blue words back there, you can learn also!

MASON COOK, KYLA KENEDY, JOHN ROSS BOWIE, MINNIE DRIVER, MICAH FOWLER, CEDRIC YARBROUGH

SPEECHLESS – ABC’s “Speechless” stars Mason Cook as Ray, stars Kyla Kenedy as Dylan, John Ross Bowie as Jimmy, Minnie Driver as Maya, Micah Fowler as JJ and Cedric Yarbrough as Kenneth. (ABC/Kevin Foley)

The second piece of new information coming in to the AiA office is more of a reminder that the new NBC show Speechless looks really hilarious!!

The show premiered Wednesday, September 21st.  Check out the trailer!! (yep, click those blue words).   Nick thinks she really rocks those booties.