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Speaking to school kids

Postby flexrun » Tue Nov 25, 2008 11:11 pm

I did my first talk today in front of a grade 6 class at my kids school. I told them my story in hopes of inspiring them. Things have been going so good for me since I started running that I wanted to give back if I can. So I have volunteered to speak at various schools. There are six schools and one hospital that are interested so far.

The look of amazement on their faces when I walked in wearing my running leg was priceless.

The teacher was writing something down while I was speaking and the principal sat in to listen so that he could give me some tips afterwards.

I told my story from my heart and started off by telling the students how their commit to character chart meant a lot to me. It is a chart that the school board uses of different attributes including courage, caring, respect, responsibility and others. I explained to them that I wouldn't have made it so far in my running if it wasn't for these things.

Next I talked about the question that is most asked to me - how did I lose my leg. That really got their interest. I tried to throw in some comedy afterwards but they might have been a little sad from this.

I got my son to pass my legs around to them so that they could see the difference and they seemed to like that. I am going to get some cast molds for the next time to show the kids.

At the end I played some of my TV interviews for them. It turns out the teacher was writing out the messages that they might have got from me. She wrote 18 different ones including - never give up - believe in yourself - we are all the same, even though we are different - your body will adapt if you ask it to do - don't let a major problem ruin your life. That was a great idea and she made a assignment out of it.

I told them to try something that they are passionate about even if its not running and stick to it, if you like it you will do good. Hopefully some will be interested in running after this :wink: .

One other thing I asked them to do is try to do a random act of kindness for someone, even if its small it will make you feel good 8) .

My son was there with me and when I told the story of how proud I was of him when he did his first track meet a while ago he beamed with pride. When I was about to walk out a girl came up to me and told me "you inspired me in there" . That made me feel good :D !

I will have some modifications to make but overall it went good. I think the more that I do of these, the better I will get, like anything. The school is going to have me do it again in front of all the students next Wed. which is disability day.

Tomorrow I will be saying a few words at a charity dinner in Barrie to help raise some money for the Sick Kids hospital. A friend is doing the Disney marathon run in Jan.
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Postby seuss » Tue Nov 25, 2008 11:19 pm

so very cool! how inspiring for the kids to see how what they are learning in school connects with real life.

edited to add that my kids are always very jazzed when someone comes to talk to them at school about stuff like that. so the message gets to the family too.

i bet they were fascinated by your prosthetic.
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Postby MoeMan » Wed Nov 26, 2008 12:48 am

Your son is a very lucky kid.


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Postby Run26.2 » Wed Nov 26, 2008 6:50 am

Great job, man...great job!
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Postby QuickChick » Wed Nov 26, 2008 7:13 am

My school would absolutely be interested in hearing you, if you're willing to travel to west Scarborough (Pharmacy/Ellesmere area). We are also doing character education trait focuses every month. How inspiring and what a great message to kids- wow.
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Postby scrumhalfgirl » Wed Nov 26, 2008 7:23 am

What a great thing you are doing - thank you!
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Postby Jo-Jo » Wed Nov 26, 2008 7:42 am

Well Done.
I like the words of advice you gave...thank you.
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Postby braveheart » Wed Nov 26, 2008 8:00 am

My students would also love to hear you speak- as would I!
You are doing a wonderful thing in sharing your beautiful story with everyone.
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Postby Ed Fizz » Wed Nov 26, 2008 8:04 am

QuickChick wrote:My school would absolutely be interested in hearing you, if you're willing to travel to west Scarborough (Pharmacy/Ellesmere area). We are also doing character education trait focuses every month. How inspiring and what a great message to kids- wow.


How 'bout coming all the way to Welland. :wink:

Thanks for taking the time to share your story, I'm sure at least one of these kids will make you part of theirs. :clap:

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Postby DougG » Wed Nov 26, 2008 8:29 am

Congratulations, how cool it is for you to talk to the kids like that. Where are you speaking today? I wish I could make it and meet you.
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Postby garth » Wed Nov 26, 2008 8:42 am

I love stories like that. Just your telling of how you told it inspired me, the actual story and presentation must be fabulous

You are a point of light and a person who has climbed through adversity. I always told my kids to "chose your heroes carefully" as they will shape your life.

I am sure you have become someone's hero through your message and they can only benefit from it.

Well done!
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Postby La » Wed Nov 26, 2008 9:03 am

I think some adults would benefit from hearing you speak, too!!
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Postby pts » Wed Nov 26, 2008 9:27 am

How inspiring! If you do any adult type speaking, i would love to come one day.
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Postby flexrun » Wed Nov 26, 2008 9:35 am

Thanks everybody! I would love to speak at more schools. Send me a pm if you are interested and I will try to get there. I am currently working full time at the TTC, but will be requesting some days off so that I can get to more schools.

I spoke to a running group at the Running Room in Barrie a while back and recieved good feedback.
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Boston -3:01:50 world record single leg amputee
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Postby chunkymonkeymelonhed » Wed Nov 26, 2008 7:46 pm

You ever make it out to the West Coast I'd love to have you speak to my 6th grade class.
What an awesome learning experience for them. Thank you for sharing your story so that others may learn.
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Postby seuss » Wed Nov 26, 2008 7:52 pm

run4life wrote:You ever make it out to the West Coast I'd love to have you speak to my 6th grade class.
What an awesome learning experience for them. Thank you for sharing your story so that others may learn.
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Postby getfit » Wed Nov 26, 2008 9:21 pm

Sounds like you gave those kids a lot to think about today. I'm sure your story has inspired many. Well done !
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