The Red Nose Readers Program promotes literacy and anti-bullying by inviting a certified member to read a book to students and transform into a friendly clown right in front of their eyes.
It is our hope that this experience will: prevent children from forming a fear of clowns, show them that it’s okay to be different and creative, and encourage a love of reading.
Exposure to a real clown early in a child’s life gives them the understanding that there is an actual person underneath the makeup. Building that awareness and sensitivity to a person’s feelings may help them think twice about judging by appearances and being a bully.
The first classroom visit will begin with the Red Nose Reader introducing themselves to the students and telling them a little bit about real clowns followed by a quick transformation with makeup and red nose to turn the reader into their clown character. They will share some silliness and a fun story. It concludes with answering questions from the class.
Students go home with a coloring sheet and letter to share with their families about the clown’s visit.
Jane Kinney attended Mooseburger Clown Camp for the first time in 2009. She arrived as Mrs. Kinney, first grade teacher and departed as Ladybug the Clown, first grade teacher! Upon returning home she began weekly visits to senior care facilities to offer a moments of joy, delight, tenderness, and comfort to residents, their families, and staff, through humor, loving kindness, and a playful presence. She also began the Silly Nilly Clown Club in her school for 4th and 5th graders to learn the art of clowning. For the next six years the group entertained in Senior Care Facilities and their school. Ladybug continued to attend Moose Camp summer after summer and upon her retirement from teaching, she added Caring Clown visits at UW Children’s Hospital in Madison, and holiday shows at Senior and Memory Care Centers. Still having the teaching bug in her, Ladybug began performing shows on Fire Safety, Kindness, and Read Across America in schools to bring smiles and laughter to children of all ages. Her entertaining programs encourage and educate using humor, music, puppets, whimsical magic, and storytelling. When Pricilla introduced Red Nose Readers in 2019, Jane joyously jumped on board and continues to share the wonderful world of clowning, literacy, and kindness with kids everywhere.
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