Children learning how to make a difference by playing with Nobody

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Everybody is a somebody with Nobody.

That’s the goal of a new outreach project to be implemented at a number of Niagara Falls elementary schools within the Niagara Catholic District School Board.

Who Is Nobody is a province wide program that demonstrates to children how they can make a difference locally, nationally and globally.

This will instill in them strength. It lets children find their potential and their passion— Kelly Clark, program creator

Several teachers were given a sneak peek at the upcoming project Thursday when program founder Kelly Clark visited St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Elementary School.

“This will instil in them strength. It lets children find their potential and their passion,” Clark said as she held up “Nobody,” a large, faceless denim doll.

Students take turns keeping the doll for a week and must add something to the doll that represents what they have done to help others.

If, for example, a child encouraged family members to step up recycling efforts, he could affix a pull tab from a soda can to the doll.

The 3-D mementos are only limited by their imagination, Clark said. A student can perform a play about global warming and pin the script to the doll or sew a piece of a fleece to the doll after organizing a used blanket drive for an animal shelter.

The students then present the doll and their story to their classmates.

This will instill in them strength. It lets children find their potential and their passion— Kelly Clark, program creator

Over the course of the school year, the doll will go from being a “Nobody,” a doll with no character, to a “Somebody,” who has lots of character as a result of the students’ efforts.

“It helps young people figure out their unique strengths and build respect by using their strengths to help others,” Clark said.

The real-life activities exercise responsible citizenship, promotes social skills and builds character and self-esteem, she added.

The program will be implemented at St. Vincent de Paul, St. Patrick, St. Gabriel Lalemant, Sacred Heart, Mary Ward and Notre Dame schools.

This is a very good idea for our kids— Kyle Rufrano, teacher

Teachers Kyle Rufrano and Marylee Kelly plan to incorporate Who Is Nobody? into their writer’s workshop program at Mary Ward.

“This is a very good idea for our kids,” Rufrano said.

The program is sponsored by the Niagara Falls Sunrise Rotary Club.

This article was published in the Niagara Falls Review Newspaper on March 14th 2007

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By | 2018-02-25T08:38:16+00:00 March 14th, 2007|Media, Niagara Catholic District School Board |0 Comments

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Who Is NOBODY? is a literacy-based bullying prevention program for Grades 1 – 12 that applies the curriculum to real-life experiences. Students build self-esteem by discovering their strengths and using them to help others.

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