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For the past several weeks, the titans of tales for tots have been tangled up in a tumultuous tug-of-war, a tournament of titles, a test of timelessness. We call it Kids' Lit March Madness. Yes, it's April now, but these things take time! So, how did it all shake out? 

First thing's first: we have a winner! In our championship matchup, Peter Pan flew circles around Alice, earning him the title of Kids’ Lit Champion. Congratulations, Peter! I’m sure you’ll be bragging about it all over Neverland. With the help of some tea and mushroom mini-quiches, Alice has made a full recovery and is looking forward to going home—if she can find her way.

Meanwhile, in our race for the bronze, Beauty and the Beast danced their way to a happy third-place ending, leaving the Ugly Duckling forlorn in fourth. But our feathered friend’s outlook is sunny, and his pluck is undeniable. Years from now, as a swaggering swan, he’ll recall this loss and honk!

It’s been a turbulent competition—one for the storybooks—and many a great yarn did spin out. Let's not forget, though, that all these stories hold special significance to readers the world over. Shelving them forever would be tragic! We can take a lesson from our champion, advocate for eternal youth, Peter Pan, who reminds us to never forget the wonder of our childhoods. We must all grow up, but taking the levity and lessons of these stories with us can only make us better.

So the next time you pack a book for your picnic in the park or day down-the-shore, consider an old favorite from your younger days. Its relevance might surprise you, its recollection will delight you, and it might just strike a resonant chord from days forgotten, once upon a time and long ago.

This has been quite a season for our New Victory Ushers! Back in November at the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama awarded the New Victory Usher Corps Program the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award; and this past Tuesday, March 31st, the New York City Council honored them with a City Council Proclamation. The Proclamation was presented by City Council Members Corey Johnson and Mathieu Eugene, and several Ushers, along with New 42nd Street President Cora Cahan, New Victory Youth Corps Manager Anthony Pound and Education Directors Courtney J. Boddie and Lindsey Buller Maliekel, were there at City Hall to accept it.

Prior to attending the ceremony on Tuesday, we asked our Ushers for some insight into the Usher Corps Program, and what it means to them personally and professionally. Here are the responses they shared. Reading through them, I’m sure you’ll smile as I did. And the next time you come to see a show at The New Victory, remember that the Ushers taking your tickets and helping you to your seats are a group of truly amazing young people. Congratulations, Usher Corps!

I want the New Victory Audience to know how ___________ we are.

As a New Victory Usher I have ___________.

The most amazing part of the Usher Corps Program is the ___________.

Being a part of the Usher Corps has helped me to ___________.

The Usher Corps Program deserves a City Council Proclamation because ___________.

More info on our Usher Corps, and additional coverage of last year's NAHYP award, can be found here.
Posted by Zack Ramadan
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