We’ll start slow and get louder, ready? Be the..” to which the kids at students responded “Nice Kid!” This was how Bryan Skavnak ended his presentation to Muse Elementary kids about Being the Nice Kid. Bryan came to Muse because he is working on a “secret project” with Natalie Blackburn, the art teacher at Muse Elementary, which will combine his stories and her artwork. She said that she saw Bryan posted something on Facebook looking for artists and Bryan said everyone excitedly replied that he should reach out to Natalie and so their partnership was formed. Ms. Blackburn draws on the Blackburn board every day for students and staff to see outside the art room door. She then posts it on Facebook at Muse Elementary Art and Twitter @MuseCMSDArt. Bryan liked that she was drawing positive messages each day and believed it was a really good fit for Be The Nice Kid.
Bryan is a professional PGA golfer, who now teaches at the Bryan Skavnak Golf Academy in Minnesota. He is one of U.S Kids Golf's Top 50 Master Kids Teachers in the world and a Junior Golf Leader award winner in Minnesota. He is the author of the #1 Best Selling book, Happy Golf Starts Here (which is way more about life lessons than golf lessons). He wrote a letter to kids that were returning to school that fall encouraging them that even if golf wasn’t their thing that they still have something to offer. They can still be the nice kid. The parents of the golf students loved the letter so much that they asked him to come speak at their kids’ schools. The quote from his letter that stood out the most to everyone and that is often plastered everywhere at schools, even at Muse, was:
“Some kids are smarter than you. Some kids have cooler clothes than you. Some kids have are better at stories than you. It doesn’t matter, you have your thing too. Be the kid who can get along. Be the kid who is generous. Be the kid who is happy for other. Be the kid who does the right thing. Be the Nice kid.”
Bryan had a number of stories to share with Muse Students; one about being a good sport if a game is lost, one about being brave, and another about how if things go wrong it’s important to keep going.
Canon-McMillan School District and Muse Elementary want to thank Bryan Skavnak for coming to Muse Elementary yesterday afternoon. We love the message he was sending to the students and we can’t wait to see the final product of the book that he is collaborating with Ms. Blackburn on. The book is currently in the editing stages and will be available for the public to purchase next year. For more information on this feel free to visit www.bethenicekid.com.