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"I connected with the kids and their emotional needs immediately because their soul's poverty reminded me of my own formative years in Germany", said Anke Otto-Wolf
SEDONA, AZ, February 08, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Anke Otto-Wolf (79), grandmother of seven, award-winning author / life coach and creator of TOLEY RANZ, found the Inspiration to this innovative awesome Children's program in the beautiful and brilliant minds of her six graders at an inner-city school in Norfolk, Virginia. Anke's poverty-stricken students experienced violence daily; they longed for inner peace, beauty for the soul, and kindness from an adult.
Under Anke's guidance they grew up into successful young people helping to create an after-school activity which developed in today's TOLEY RANZ Program, now focusing on the emotional well-being of the very young (PreK-3). Former President Bill Clinton honored Anke for her engagement with at-risk, inner-city children when she was nominated for the "President's Service Award".
"I connected with the kids and their emotional needs immediately because their soul's poverty reminded me of my own formative years in Germany," said Anke Otto-Wolf
The passionate teacher she was, Anke's determination gave her students what they needed most: a positive self-image connected with Love for Life, Self-Assurance, and Self-Respect to counter the poverty and violence in their lives. Making it easier for her students to understand the concept of self-belief, this dedicated teacher created a whimsical cartoon character representing that deep inner voice of wrong and right.
Moreover, the Toley Ranz character strongly conveyed the idea of "what can be when standing-up in self-belief".
This innovative approach made it tangible for 'her kids'. Anke's students quickly related to the character in an unpredicted way and 'What would Toley Ranz do or say?' became a guiding question to self-empowerment, reduced violence, and lead to graduations.
As the cartoon character, Toley Ranz now functions in a digital world in the form of story and picture books, songs, and implementation manuals for home and in classrooms, as well as it assists in parents' Self-Care while raising strong kids.
Toley Ranz, from cartoon to cuddly talking plush toy, is a surprisingly powerful tool that extends emotional security and teaches the youngest of children to overcome emotional upsets; moreover, they learn to stand-up for themselves.
This heart-warming story of a grandmother's determination to help kids, is for today's unprecedented times. It shows clearly that even the deepest fears can be overcome. It's not a secret how it is done. It is TOLEY RANZ the mediator, the go-between, the tool and teaching aid that maneuvers kids through the present-day maze of violence, hate and insecurities. Toley Ranz is here for the rescue.
Come, and do some 'toleyranzing' with us!
In the words of a New York Public School parent "…and thoughtful activity plan that all children will love. I was immediately taken aback, stunned by the high quality of the materials, especially the Toley Ranz doll….."
Anke Otto-Wolf, award-winning life coach (Sedona Soul Balance), author & founder of Toley Ranz Stops Bullying Program, created it as an after-school program for her inner-city students. This led to being nominated to "The President's Service Award" for which Anke was honored by former President Bill Clinton. Toley Ranz is expanding with story books, Etsy store, videos, podcast series, TV appearances, Spanish translations. The name-sake Foundation (501c3) was founded in 2020; Anke Otto-Wolf serves as the Executive Director.
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