Chester Elementary embarks on 'The Kindness Adventure'

Chester. The presentation inspires everyone to be kind-hearted and caring to others at school and at home, in their community and outside of it. It shows that even though other people and other cultures may seem different from us, we have many things in c

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  • Students interviewed by The Chronicle -- front row (from left): Mason Diaz and Nylah James. Back row: Shayne Rivera and James Musco (Photo by Ginny Privitar)

  • Ms.Corbacio and Ms. Keogh (Photo by Ginny Privitar)

  • Presenter Trish Epperson with NED (Photo by Ginny Privitar)

  • Handmade "Kenya Treasures" -- bracelets, pendants, and carved animals -- sold to continue the free program, and to help provide clean drinking water for communities in Kenya. (Photo by Ginny Privitar)

Kids suggest ways to be kind

The Chronicle asked several young people how they would show kindness to others, and what they liked best about the assembly. Here's what they had to say:
•Nylah James, second grade, Miss Keogh's class:
“Show kindness every day by helping a friend out. Like if they drop something, pick it up for them. And if they fall, you can help them up.
"My favorite part was when they handed out the gifts.”
(Some children were given handmade “Kenyan Treasures” for their participation in the Q&A.)
• Mason Diaz, second grade, Miss Keogh's class:
“You could hold the door open for them. You could welcome (someone new at school) and show them around.
"I liked the magic tricks and when Ned gave (the Kenyan kids) his soccer ball.”
• Shayne Rivera, fifth grade, Mrs. Daly’s class:
“If they were new at the school, I would show them around. It doesn’t cost anybody to be nice to one another.
"I liked when they said they were going to give them clean, fresh water, instead of them having dirty water that would have germs in it.”
• James Musco, fifth grade, Mrs. Daly’s class:
“If someone was alone, I would invite them to play with us at recess or invite them to a group if we have groups in class."
His favorite part of the presentation was when the performer was talking about all the things that the naysayers said about the things he wouldn’t like about Kenya and he "proved them wrong.”

By Ginny Privitar

The Kindness Adventure school assembly, presented by All for KIDZ, last month treated Chester Elementary School to a lively performance that used storytelling, music, magic tricks, audience participation, and interactive videos to tell the story of a cartoon character named NED.

The film part of the adventure begins when NED and the performer/presenter, Trish Epperson, accept an invitation to visit Kenya. Although NED is initially uncertain about the cultural differences, he quickly learns he has much in common with the kids in Kenya and likes their culture, including the food, dress, games, and friendly people.

The presentation inspires everyone to be kind-hearted and caring to others at school and at home, in their community and outside of it. It shows that even though other people and other cultures may seem different from us, we have many things in common.

The film also showed the unclean water traditionally used by rural households and the All for KIDZ construction of a clean, freshwater well for the community, paid for with proceeds from the Kindness Adventure program sales.

The program included interactive moments with the audience. Asia Paul, a kindergartner and one of the kids called up for the Q&A, was asked how she would show kindness. She said she would give kids a hug and ask them to play.

A win for everyone

Chester staff and students loved the presentation and will help pay it forward. The Kindness Adventure provided hand-made Kenyan bracelets, pendants, and carved animals, which were available for sale at the school. Proceeds go to pay for the program, support the Kenyan artisans who make the objects, provide money to dig wells for fresh water for the communities in Kenya, and also go to a fund to make the Kindness Adventure program available for free to schools. It’s a win for everyone.

The presentation was the brainchild of teacher Patty Keogh, who was given a framed print with a picture of a rainbow and the words ”Be Kind” by her friend and colleague Pam Corbacio on behalf of all her fellow teachers. Ms. Keogh was also thanked with loud applause.

Epperson has performed the Kindness Adventure for two years. She lives Washington, D.C., does ten shows a week, and tours for about 40 weeks a year, traveling in the United States, Canada, and overseas during the summer. She has a bachelor's in fine arts in music theater and a certificate in early childhood development. She has toured for about seven years in total, previously performing in musicals and plays all over the country.

For more information, visit or call Lois Hickman (All for KIDZ) at 877-872-9696 ext. 156.

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