We closed out 2014 with a wonderful evening at our 7thannual celebrity banquet. It was an enlivening evening with guests including WWF superstars Tony Atlas and Nikolai Volcoff, Philadelphia Flyers legends Brian Boucher and Dave The hammer Schultz, NFL greats Keith Elias, Fred Barnett and Vai Sikahema, and of course Reggie Dabbs and former Harlem Globetrotter Seth Franco.
Reggie Dabbs, America’s number one public-school motivational speaker, reminded us that it’s foundational for our kids to feel safe in order to learn and grow as individuals. Just like we encourage the students, shared with our supporters that heroes don’t wear capes—they wear compassion—and we have a choice with how we use our smile and words to bring hope.
In America, research shows 160,000 kids stay home from school because they’re afraid of facing hurtful words or actions of others. This year, we’ve implemented our 10/10 program, where students find 10 people every day for 10 days to encourage and inspire. Our goal is to create a positive habit for individual students which in turn will yield a stronger school climate across campuses.
As 2015 begins, our programs continue to meaningfully equip students to combat bullying and foster healthy, productive relationships. Only through faithful supporters such as you we are able to continue our mission to instill the power of hope into students, so thank you for your faithfulness. Below are some pictures from recent events. We look forward to serving with you in 2015.
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