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Micheal Anthony Hughes Foundation
Tools for Success

Tools for SuccessThrough extensive research and trial and error, the foundation is at a BREAKTHROUGH in innovating highly niche - targeted learning tools designed to foster and encourage learning, leadership, growth and a healthy balance between fun, exploration and education for young people with or without learning disabilities. These tools and methods are constantly being tested and developed in an effort to make them practical learning tools for teachers, administrators and state officials to be used as parallel tools to their existing educational curriculum and toolsets.

Word Methodology

The way words are broken in pieces to discover the deeper and invisible meaning of a particular word and to encourage finding additional words and making connections.

Smart Art

The act of re-creating stories through art especially painting.

Night Drama

The retelling of stories through parables and short, dramatic acts that help to recreate history and to discover the origin of a story.

Spiderweb Puzzles

Very short on-line trivia puzzles used to help students relate their everyday life to the lives of the characters in a given story. We take out a key piece of the story and ask the young people to discover the missing piece using their imagination, analytic styles, objectivity and their ability to connect the themes in a given lesson.

Rockstar Riddles

The process of finding many uses of the same word or the same letter to recreate stories. (ie. The letter “T” could inspire an entire story about “tea”.)

Trash Talk

Where we take trash (literally, rubbish) and turn it into small treasures to encourage team work and communication skills by fostering and encouraging young children to figure out the many ways one can turn everyday trash into useful, practical, effective, cost-efficient, recyclable and environmentally-friendly learning tools for growth.

Toe Jam

The process of learning and discovering numbers and counting and simple arithmetic by using fingers and toes.

Lip Trips

The process of teaching American geography through the re-telling of true journeys in parts of the US. This will help to foster tolerance, respect and appreciation for different cultures, cities, states, as well as learning the various different emblems and symbols unique to a particular region of the US.

Series Seven

A Leadership series for older students building on a theme using a combination of storytelling, acts, riddles, puzzles, and words to build strength, leadership skills, encourage honesty and commitment, to help students set goals and to be rewarded at the end of each series with a GOLDEN GLOBE which will encourage travel and foster global thinking.


The process of finding the most definitions of a single word in the shortest period of time which encourages patience, discipline and time management skills.


The process of looking for the many roots and origins of a single word in an effort to foster global thinking and local exploration.


The process of finding as many words similar to a given word and their respective antonyms in the shortest amount of time which fosters word building and excellence in communication - both written and oral.

Michael Madness

The process of joke-telling and the use of satire and humor to convey very critical messages about very sensitive subject matter which hopes to inspire and encourage positive change in the way students see themselves, their relationship to their parents/legal guardians, teachers, schools, communities and world.


The process of taking difficult concepts and discovering meaningful ways to break them down into the simplest terms possible and documenting the “how you arrived at” a given theory and presenting that concept and theory to small audiences in a simulated or real classroom. This is the single most effective way to develop presentation style and encourage true analytical thought.

Hedge Fun

The process of using nature (trees, shrubs, hedges) to teach fundamental concepts of finance and accounting (ie. Saving plans, investing, financing for entrepreneurial endeavors like lemonade stands, and the basic elements of money

time value of money, as well as teaching about the basic financial instruments that help students understand money management (ie. checking and savings accounts.)

The guiding principle of this tool is to help young people understand the importance of Return on Investment both in money matters and nature. For example, by saving a dime (10 pennies) everyday for a whole year, they would have amassed $36.00 by the end of the year to make a purchase of 25 books. The same concept holds true with the environment, by saving paper through recycling, there will be more trees to enjoy in natures savings account that will be spent on them later.