Entertainment Art Well Done, Well Said, Well Tooned!

Benjamin Franklin is credited with the following quote: “Well done is better than well said.” I would like to compliment him on saying that so well, but maybe I’m supposed to compliment him on doing that so well.

Let’s follow Ben’s lead and look at some things that have been well done in the last 30 days while we wait for someone intelligent to grab the wheel and steer this conversation out of trouble. I’m hoping somebody wants to talk about how no one ever says the first n in badminton. For now, three great success stories, which is surprising, really, since I’m involved. Feel free to interrupt whenever you’re ready to start the badminton discussion:

First up from Wheeler Creative Studios, a new cartoon for a very specific – and very large – audience. Did you know that over 22,000 Michigan families are in need of heating fuel assistance every year, and over 9,000 of those families submit incorrect application forms that are automatically rejected? Well, now you know, and you should also know that the great people at True North Community Services are working to fix that. Enter emToons, a cartoon designed to help people navigate the somewhat cumbersome application process and help them get their families warm.

As its name suggests, this new cartoon from Wheeler Creative Studios is for Flint, Michigan – specifically to address the host of challenges kids are facing as a result of the ongoing water crisis and subsequent lead contamination. Even after the pipes are replaced and the water is clean, the long-lasting damage on health and learning is here to stay.

Episode One of Flintoons is now officially done, and it is part of a national award-winning dissertation that an innovative group of Michigan State University doctoral students developed to help schools and families address all things water crisis.

Our clinical study proved what we knew all along: Rocketoons are helping kids identify and understand Adverse Childhood Experiences, and Rocketoons are helping kids talk about those experiences so they get the help they need. That means it’s time to get Rocketoons into the hands of more kids, more teachers, more parents.

And that is exactly what we have done. It’s time to pick up the celebratory trumpet and put down the badminton racquet and shuttlecock. Um, there was no way I was bringing up badminton and leaving the word shuttlecock on the table. As you may already know, Rocketoons have been available in classrooms throughout Lake, Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana counties. Many thanks to Mercy Health and Hackley Community Care for making that happen. Now, thanks to Mercy Health, we can add eight more counties to that list: Kent, Ottawa, Ionia, Allegan, Barry, Mecosta, Montcalm, and Osceola.

If you want to watch Rocketoons and you are in any of these 13 counties that have been launched, here’s all you have to do:

Step 1: Visit Rocketoons.com

Step 2: Click on Watch Now and type in your state. The state where you live, not the state of confusion, which is where I live.

Step 3: Type in your county name next.

That’s it. You’re in. By the way, did you know that in addition to the 3,007 counties in the US there are also 64 parishes, 18 organized boroughs, 11 census areas, 41 independent cities, and the District of Columbia?

The term organized boroughs implies the existence of disorganized boroughs. Somewhere out there is an apologetic prairie dog: “So sorry about the mess down here. We like to entertain so we’re taking out the kitchen wall for a more open feel.” Oh wait. That’s burrows. The danger of homonyms.

So there you have it. Likely not well said, but definitely well done. And it will be even better if you spread the word and join the party. Please visit rocketoons.com and wheelercreativestudios.com as often as you wish. Tell your friends and family all about the new toons. We know they are helping kids, and that makes us smile. We hope that makes you smile, too. If not, feel free to ignite a scintillating discussion on Benjamin Franklin’s secret badminton league. The floor is all yours. And so is the shuttlecock.

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