Motivational speaker delivers message of acceptance of others; elimination of hate, prejudice and violence at Rangely schools
From meetings with school staff to parents to students of all ages, The Scary Guy delivered his message of acceptance of others and elimination of hate, prejudice and violence during four days of sessions here.
The trickle-down effect of The Scary Guy’s message reached even preschoolers.
Asked what he learned from The Scary Guy, a motivational speaker from Kansas City, Mo., preschooler Brandon Willis said, “To be nice.”
Another preschooler, Nevaeh Bland, said” And behave.”
Added preschooler Aaron Bailey said, “Ask before you touch people.”
Rangely Superintendent Dwayne Newman said the four days of sessions with The Scary Guy went well.
“It was great,” Newman said. “Just a real powerful message about how people relate to each other.”
The Scary Guy spent time at all three Rangely schools, which included meeting with both large groups of students as well as one-on-one visits with individual students. He also spoke at a community event Dec. 2.
“There were probably 50 or 60 people there,” Newman said. “He gave a primer on what he was doing to eliminate hate and violence and prejudice. He gave the parents some things to think about as far as how their kids are interacting and how the words they say can hurt other people.”
The Scary Guy’s message will be continued through an ambassador program that involves older students teaching younger students and passing down the lessons they learned.
“The next step after the introductory program he does with each school is the ambassadors will go in and teach other kids his ideas,” Newman said.
The Scary Guy said the student ambassadors will ensure that the message is ongoing.
“We trained high school kids on how to become teachers of the program,” The Scary Guy said. “The cool part about that is the high school kids get the message. They go out into the community and become adults, and then they have kids, while the elementary kids move up to the middle school, and the middle school kids move up to the high school. So, the students take the curriculum and keep the program going and re-teach other kids.”