Friday, April 29, 2011

Spoke To Kids Today

Just an update of how the day went. You can't believe the responses of the kids. Multiple kids came to the front when the bell rang and thanked me personally for coming today. I had kids talk to me after class about personal issues and they took my card with my blog and contact info.

A special thank you goes out to The Partnership at Drugfree.org. I requested if they had any material I could use on the projector during class breaks. They sent me a DVD of the brand new, yet to be shown on TV, Public Service Announcements that will be used in 2011. They played like a loop between classes and as kids came into class they were fixed on watching the PSA's. Informally in my opinion they liked the 911 and Self Surgery spots the best. Maybe I have said too much, just watch for they these this year on TV. The PSA's were focused on parents talking to kids about drugs, maybe we need some focused how do kids talk to parents too. So many ideas to try, I hope I don't wear out The Partnership and make them sorry they ask me to be a Parent Ambassador.

The kids were so attentive, no heads on desks, questions from all classes. One class, the teacher said she couldn't believe the way they acted, they are never that intense in class. The teacher told me I really do make an impact on her classes, the kids talk about in class and to others.

When I do these talks it makes me feel like I am healing inside.

The biggest and best bonus was when I got back to the office. Alex came to my office and ask very seriously, "How'd it go today, dad?" I told him it went very well. He exhibited true excitement for me that it went well, smiled and told me I was doing a good thing.

10 comments:

Gledwood said...

That's strange I was going to say it's a good thing you're doing. Same as what Alex said to you.

I spent all day engrossed in the Royal Wedding... Finally he has made an honest woman of her!!

Momma said...

Yes, you are doing a good thing. Thank you!

Barbara said...

WOW. It wasn't that long ago that Alex was not exactly thrilled with what you were doing. Makes me so happy to read this. You're doing a very good thing, Ron! You're one of my heroes.

Annette said...

I admire you Ron. And Alex's words gave me a lump....how things have changed!

Hattie Heaton (Mom of an Addict) said...

It is a good thing. Imagine, all those parents who won't have to go through what we have gone through because you helped a child to THINK before going too far....Kudos...

Rebecca said...

You are doing a good thing, Ron, and we are so proud to have you as a Parent Ambassador. I can guarantee you that we will never get tired of having you on our team!

Gledwood said...

I also meant to say you should continue doing what you're doing. Turning sour old lemons into lemonade. You're obviously good at what you do. In your own words the kids are engrossed. Keep on doing it.

Syd said...

I think that what you are doing is awesome, Ron. Kids need to hear this. Even if you just reach one, that is good.

Tori said...

That is so great to hear. I with Syd, make a difference in one life and you have done an amazing thing.

Tracy said...

The kids & the schools & the partnership are lucky to have someone like you who is prepared to put this time & effort into talking to the kids and you are obviously a great communicator and the kids feel comfortable & engaged.

Keep up the good work, I have suggested to my sons college that they look at the approach they take with drug education at school & have someone like you come in to talk to them.