Ronald McDonald shares anti-bullying message with Harmony students
BY KARISSA MILLER
HARMONY — Wide eyes, big smiles and laughter filled the Harmony Elementary School gym on Tuesday afternoon as more than 410 students watched a special show by Ronald McDonald.
The kids, in kindergarten through fifth grade, proved themselves to be good listeners and a good audience during the “Friendship Adventure” program.
Ronald began by making the sound of wind and assigned it to one group of students. Then, in a similar pattern, he added the sound of rain and thunder to another group of students.
During the story he recited, students listened carefully and words cued when students would engage in the sounds. He told students how “things are better when you work together.”
Then Ronald taught students how to say hello to a friend in Spanish, French and Australian. He added that it’s important that no matter where you are able to say hello to the friends you meet.
After a few interactive exercises, Ronald walked the aisles of the gym seeking students to come up to the front for games.
The excitement came to a head as students got to hula hoop and were cheered on by their peers..
Ronald also incorporated juggling, comedy and magic into his show as he taught children about bullying and focused on how it’s best to let someone know about it.
“When the teacher turns her back, the bully comes back,” Ronald said. “Tell a teacher.”
The program ended with students reciting an anti-bullying pledge. Students got to meet Ronald and his assistant after the show.
Ronald’s appearance was courtesy of local McDonald's franchise owner/operators Mike and Melissa Neader. The couple’s goal is to bring the program to all of the Iredell-Statesville elementary schools this year.