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York students learn about bullying with yo-yos, magic

Yo-yo tricks, a magic act and the story of a loveable character named NED are helping launch a month of York school activities aimed at bullying prevention.

York’s Cotton Belt Elementary hosted the NED program during an assembly Thursday. It’s part of a districtwide bullying prevention program called Olweus.

NED stands for Never Give up, Encourage Others and Do Your Best.

The show is to be presented Oct. 21 at Hunter Street Elementary.

They include special guidance programs, students writing about bullying in class, anti-bullying banners and orange wristbands.

The events culminate with National Bullying Prevention Day on Oct. 22, when students are being encouraged to wear orange as a sign of unity against bullying.

Maiya Reaves, who presented the show at Cotton Belt, told the story of an fictional character called NED with yo-yo tricks, a bit of magic and some balloons.

The story focused on the importance of persistence, kindness, diligence and excellence with humor and student engagement.

“How many of you think that NED’s message could help you for the rest of your life?” Reaves asked the students after the program. Most of the students’ hands shot into the air.

The NED show is presented through All for Kidz Inc., which has partnered with schools across the nation in a move to enhance school climate.

Cotton Belt Principal Jennifer Bolin said after the program that students will be able to buy yo-yos at the school like the ones used by Reaves.

Bolin said the yo-yo sales will help benefit the presentation of the NED program at another school as a way to “pass it on.”