I have done a lot of crazy things in my life, like running away and joining the circus, moving to California, starting a clown costuming business, moving back to Minnesota, starting a clown arts camp, costume shop, remodeling a building with no experience just a lot hope and great friends. This doesn't even touch on my community theater experience, the Irish Washer women, and all those trips driving cross with a van and trailer before cell phones!
This later idea might take the cake! I decided it was time to start a non profit for all my crazy educational ideas!
The most recent being Red Nose Readers Program.
We are partnering with the local Head Start program to promote literacy and an anti-bullying message. I am happy to say we have been welcomed with open arms! We have a ton of local schools that are working with us.
We are currently working on continued branding our message, finding a simple volunteer background check, getting promo materials created, and getting a supply of books.
We have a script/program ready, information packet for the teachers, Facebook page, letter for the parents, and a fun coloring page for the kids to take home.
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.
Red Nose Readers Mission
Red Nose Readers are a Non-profit organization
working to promote literacy, kindness and joy
through the art of clowning.
The Goals of the Red Nose Readers include:
To Become a Red Nose Reader:
To perform as a Red Nose Reader:
- Magic Tricks
Red Nose Reader Contact Information and Social Media
Phone Number: 320-963-6277
Facebook: Red Nose Reader
Suggestions on How to
Get Your Big Clown Foot in the Door!
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Do’s and Don’ts for Red Nose Readers
Before you go to the Head Start center, school, library or childcare center, make sure you know where to park, how to enter the building and any check in procedures they might have. (Most will have you sign in/out and may ask you to wear a visitor badge. Make sure you have your driver’s license with you for identification.)
Talk to the teacher ahead of time about what you might need. Do you want a table and chair, would you like to borrow a CD player? Where might be a good place for the children to sit?
Have your props etc. organized so it only takes a minute or two to set up! Bring everything in your official Red Nose Reader Tote Bag!!
Be prepared! You will need to be “on” as soon as you come in! The show begins!! Have fun and remember to KISS (Keep It Simple Silly)
Tell kids what to do instead of asking to do something, such as: “Everyone look up here.” or “1-2-3, eyes on me!”
(If you ask, “Can you all look up here?” Someone may say “No!”)
Take a picture of yourself in front of the school beforehand. Have someone take a picture of you with the teacher wearing a foam nose and ask if you can put it on the Red Nose Reader Facebook page.
Mention the scary clown stuff (you know - IT, and others) unless kids or adults bring it up. Respond calmly, simply and with humor.
For example: “Oh, you think some clowns look scary? Hmm. I’ve seen some scary monster looking clowns, too. Today we’re going to find out more about funny, playful, caring and silly clowns.”
Don’t take pictures without a signed release. Schools usually have parents sign photo release forms but that might not include guests coming in photographing students and using them. You might have to have pictures taken just of you. Keep in mind we never know what is going on in a child's home. With custody and divorce battles children may have orders for protection or other reasons they or their parents do not want their picture taken. It is better to be safe than sorry. Check with the office. A para, classroom assistant or sub may not know all the details.
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