Hampton City Schools – Citizen of the Month – November 26, 2019

Hampton City Schools – Citizen of the Month – November 26, 2019


(upbeat music) – Well, good morning, everyone and welcome to Hampton City School’s Citizen of the Month luncheon. I’m Kellie Goral, the Executive Director of PR marketing for Hampton City Schools and I am proud to serve as your MC today. So before we begin, I think the biggest
piece is congratulations to each and every one of you for your selection on
Citizen of the Month. Let’s give you a round of applause. (audience applauding) Now you may not know this, but as Citizens of the Month, your school has not only
recognized your hard work, but has selected you to
represent the school. So in case you do not recognize
the importance of that, I’m going to say it again. Each and every one of you, represent the very best of your school. You were selected based on scholarship, character, the respect and courtesy that you show for others, responsibility and even sportsmanship. You are a leader and other
students will look to you as a model for their behavior. And all of us in this
room today are honored to recognize you and
thank you for your role as a good citizen in our schools and in our community. So congratulations to
each and every one of you on your selection of Citizen of the Month. And it is now my pleasure to introduce our Deputy Superintendent Dr. John Caggiano. (audience applauding) – Well, good morning. – [Audience] Good morning. – It’s good to see you all this morning, I have the privilege of filling in for our Superintendent Dr. Smith today. I do know that he will
be joining us shortly and he asked that I extend congratulations to each of you on his behalf. He would also certainly say
to all of you this morning as Citizens of the Month, you represent the very
best of your school, that you were selected
based on scholarship, character, respect and
courtesy you show for others, responsibility and sportsmanship, the choices you make, and the way in which you lead by example. I have two children of my own, Catherine who’s a senior
in high school this year and Ethan who’s in middle school and as a father I can share with you that I’m very proud of the citizens that they are becoming. Sometimes in conversations with them, we talk about what it
means to be a good citizen. What it means to set
an example for others. Not too long ago, my son and I were trying to talk about
some of these things and realizing that the positive impact of being a good citizen
when you were younger has on your life when you get older. And not only your life but the impact that you have on others as well. So one of the stories
that I shared with him and something that I’d
like to share this morning, I experienced was when I was his age, that I still remember clearly to this day and think about from time to time particularly around the holidays. So in my family we celebrate Christmas and a tradition in our family is that the day before Christmas we have the opportunity to open a gift. And I remember when I was in middle school and sitting around the tree, that night before Christmas, and my cousin John who was
about six years old at the time and one of the things, what do you think most kids do, right? They look for if they have the
opportunity to open a gift, they look for either
the biggest box perhaps or the heaviest box, right. And so what John does,
is he goes to the tree, grabs what he thinks is the heaviest box, because he’s excited about that gift that’s perhaps inside that box and the next thing he does, is he turns to his mom with
a big smile on his face and says that, “I can’t
wait to open this gift.” So he opens the gift and
inside the gift is what? What do you think? – Socks.
– It’s a box of batteries. So he’s got this look on his face, like what in the world I just got a box of batteries as a gift. And for John all of a
sudden you hear him turn and he’s grateful, thankful,
turns to his mother and says, “Thank you for the gift.” And his mood changes. And so you have other students, other children who begin
opening gifts as well and all of a sudden after a little while you see his mood start to change and it becomes a little bit more positive. You see a smile go back on his face. And so what what we
realized at the time was and I didn’t realize until later, that he made this connection that when you think about life and the little things that happen, whether it’s the time you
spend over the weekend practicing with swimming, it’s for my son Ethan for example, so that when you had that 20-second race that you’re more than prepared. Or when it’s that time
you spend over the weekend putting extra effort into your studies that you don’t always see the connections. And so for John he finally realized that this box of batteries goes to something a little bit bigger. And so he had the smile
on his face knowing that the next morning, perhaps, it would be worth waiting for. As Ethan and I talked further I explained to him that sometimes the work we do when we are younger, how we choose to live our life, can be a bit like a box of batteries. Not all that exciting for example, putting in some extra time
as I mentioned studying or spending hours in the pool swimming, but down the road all of these efforts, all of these characteristics and qualities that good citizens display, will pay off. And down the road being a good citizen when you are younger, will eventually lead to
bigger gifts in life. Again congratulations on your selections as Citizen of the Month, I encourage all of you to continue to make the right choices and thank you for leading by example. It’s now my honor to recognize
the chair of our school board Miss Ann Cherry. Please join me in welcoming school board Chairwoman
Cherry to the podium. (audience applauding) (heels clacking) – Good morning everybody. – [Audience] Good morning. – On behalf of the Hampton School Board I want to start by letting you know how extremely pleased we are, that each and every one
of you have been selected as good Citizens of the Month. First of all I’d like to introduce some of the school board members who are here with us today. Because this is such a big event they wanted to make sure
they were here as well. First our vice-chair of the school board Mr. Joe Kilgore. Mr. Kilgore would you stand? (audience applauding) We also have school board
member Miss Phyllis Henry, Miss Henry.
(audience applauding) And with us today also
is school board member and newly elected delegate
Miss Martha Mugler. (audience applauding) The student representatives to the school board are also here. Our student rep Paul Karhnak. (audience applauding) Our alternate student rep Joey Bowers. (audience applauding) And we’re also excited to have here today the 2018-2019 school
board Rep Jeremy Taylor. Jeremy.
(audience applauding) There he is. I see that we have some
City Council members with us as well because they have always been partners in good partners with
Hampton City Schools. So I’d like to recognize them as well. We have our Vice Mayor, Jimmy Gray. (audience applauding) And we have City Council
member Linda Curtis. (audience applauding) Don’t think I missed anybody and thank you all for being here today. We could not have this luncheon if it were not for community sponsors and community partners. So I’d like to recognize
them at this time. This lunch is being provided today by the Hampton Association of
Educational Office Professionals, the Hampton Roads Educators’ Credit Union, Old Point National Bank, USI Insurance Services, Town Bank and Thomas
Nelson Community College. Let’s give a round of applause
for our sponsors today. (audience applauding) Undoubtedly, we are all very excited that Thanksgiving is right
around the corner, right? – [Audience] Yeah. – Well Thanksgiving is one of
my favorite days of the year because it reminds us to give thanks and to count our blessings. When we do that suddenly so many things become so little, when we realize how blessed we are. Thanksgiving can turn a meal into a feast, it can turn a house into a home, or it can turn a stranger into a friend. Because it is the time of
togetherness and gratitude. So I come today on behalf
of the Hampton School Board, to remind you to always be grateful. And although Thanksgiving
comes just one day a year, every day should be a day
of thanks and gratitude. Appreciate what you have and never take for granted what you have. Remember the more we express thanks, the more gratitude we feel. The more gratitude we feel, the more we express thanks. It’s like a circle and it always will lead
you to a very happy life. Congratulations again to
each and every one of you. (audience applauding) (heels clacking) (audience murmuring) – Thank You, Dr. Caggiano and Miss Cherry. And thank you to our six sponsors. As Miss Cherry already indicated, this special event would not be possible without their support. So we truly appreciate their partnership and their love for public education. So now it is time for the
best part of the luncheon. Does anyone know what that is? – Lunch.
– Lunch. The food yes. So we will come by your table and let you know when that
you get into the buffet line. Before eating I do ask
our school board members, City Council, Dr. Caggiano and
as well as our guest speaker to please come up front
for a picture by the stage and we hope that you all enjoy
the wonderful meal today. (audience applauding) – Hello, my name is Aliya Taylor. – Hello, my name is Rishawn Humphrey, – Hello, my name is Alexandria Boatwright. – Hello, my name is Dasha Edmonds. – [Students] And we attend
Lindsay Middle School. – Hello, my name is Kevon Boone. – Hello, my name is Phoenix Tremer. – Hello, my name is Luke Morrison. – Hello, my name is Jeremy Taylor. – Hello, my name is Tae Paige. – Hello, my name is Arianna Perez. – Hello, my name is Atsar Williams. – Hello, my name’s Amaya Wright. – [Students] And we attend
Hampton High School. – Hello, my name is Clayvon Wright. – Hello, my name is Tayvion Williams. – [Students] And we
attend Bridgeport Academy. – Hello, my name is Abigail Matthews. – Hello, my name is Nicholas Parr. – Hello, my name is Lucy Lively. – Hello,, my name is Andrew Jordan. – [Students] And we attend
Armstrong School for the Arts. – Hello, my name is Sara Smith. – Hello, my name is Jalil Matthews. – Hello my name is Ashton Richmond. – Hello my name is Daneysia Simpson. – [Students] And we attend
Bassette Elementary school. – Hello, my name is Jolanah Holder. – Hello, my name is Giovanni Pascale. – Hello, my name is David Austin. – Hello my name is Saran Shibru. – Hello my name is Nyasia McDonald. – Hello my name is Christian Strachen. – Hello my name John Andre Alayon. – [Students] And we attend Phenix PreK-8 – Hello, my name is Sunshine Dudley. – My name is Lauren Preston. – My name is Kyndall Wilkerson. – My name is Zuri Jawneh. – [Students] And we attend, Tucker-Capps Elementary. – Hello, my name is Amari Willis. – Hello, my name is William Butler. – Hello, my name is Eric Ames. – Hello my name is Shyan Cullipeher. – Hello my name is Julia Brady. – Hello my name is Julianne Khuu. – [Students] And we attend
Kecoughtan High School. – Hello, my name is Ankita Bhomwick. – Hello, my name is Jocelyn Amodeo. – Hello, my name is Bryce Moore – [Students] And we attend
Langley Elementary School. – Hello, my name is Layla Price. – Hello, my name is Angelina Hairston. – [Students] And we attended
Forrest Elementary school. – Hello, my name is Caleb Woody. – Hello, my name is Aideen Madjid. – Hello, my name is James Collins. – Hi, I am Jasmine Smith. – [Students] And we attend
Booker Elementary School. – Hello, my name is Carter Piso. – Hello, my name is Ajenae Patterson. – [Both] And we attend Smith Elementary. – Hello, my name is Decari Patterson. – [Wisdom] Hello, my name is Wisdom Aims. – Hello, my name is Cheyenne Davis. – Hello, my name is Isis Selby. – Hello, my name is Trey Dean Williams. – Hello, my name is Josiah Calhoun. – [Students] And we attend
Hunter B Andrews PreK-8. – Hello, my name is Aura Jones. – Hello, my name is Austin Silva. – Hello, my name Ka’mari Turner. – Hello, my name is Akira Banks. – [Students] And we attend
Aberdeen Elementary School. – Hello, my name is Talonie. – Hello, my name is Cody Shrader. – Hello, my name is Zymier Kirk. – [Students] And we
attend Syms Middle School. – Hello, my name is Naja McFarlane. – Hello, my name is Ruben Volk. – Hello, my name is Nyasha Anderson. – Hello, my name is Kennedy Hood. – Hello, my name is Chloe Howell. – Hello my name is Jessica Phan. – Hello, my name is Anniah Covington. – [Students] And we
attend Bethel High School. The home of academic excellence. – Hello, my name is Kevin Burns. – Hello, my name is Kenan Russell. – Hello, my name is Noah Gick. – Hello, my name is Roman Sidari. – Hello, my name is Amani Lewis. – [Students] And we attend
Eaton Middle School. – Hello, my name is Tejour Cooke. – Hello, my name is Krystal Jones. – Hello, my name is Kristie Jones. – Hello, My name is Taylor Adams. – Hello, my name is Jayden Ortiz-Gonzales. – Hello, my name’s Caliyah Bunn. – [Students] And we attend
Tarrant Middle School. – Hello, my name’s Jessika Brookes. – Hello, my name is Saniyah Johnson. – Hello, my name is Amiya Elliott. – [Students] And we attend
Cooper Elementary School. – Hello my name is Arae Perry. – Hello, my name is Kayanna Baxter. – Hello, my name is Briana Smith. – Hello, my name is Adelynn Johnson. – [Students] And we attend
Kraft Elementary School. – Hello, my name is Grayson Reddington. – Hello, my name is James Vinnie. – Hello, my name is Destiny Anderson. – Hello, my name is Carrie Logan. – [Students] And we attend
Bryan Elementary School. – Hello, my name is R.J. Beach. – Hello, my name is Kaleb Lucas. – Hello, my name is Andrew Chafin. – Hello my name is Zoe Alt. – Hello, my name is Paige LaRoche. – Hello, my name is Sydney Miller. – Hello, my name is Dhruhi Patel. – Hello, my name is Om Patel. – Hello, my name is Jayden Ellis. – [Students] And we attend
Spratley Gifted Center. – Hello, my name is Eliza Summerfield. – Hello, my name is Kierstin Sanders. – Hello, my name is Mallory Thomason. – Hello, my name is Tyler Mallinson. – Hello, my name is Patrick O’Malley. – [Students] And we attend
Jones Middle School. – Hello, my name is Kahliya Davis. – Hello, my name is Lillian. – Hello, my name is Malaya Chay. – Hello, my name is Lauren Synder. – [Students] And we attend
Asbury Elementary School. – Hello, my name is Andru Martin. – Hello, my name is Almondo Gibbs. – Hello, my name is Robert Lewis jr. – Hello, my name is Jasmin Rebman. Hello, my name is Jeremiah Trillo. – [Students] And we attend
Phoebus High School. – Hello, my name is Amelia. – Hello, my name is Edward Horne. – Hello, my name is Tyler Knerr. – [Students] And we
attend Cary Elementary. – My name is Angel Perkins. – And my name is John. – My name is Michale Bryant. – My name is DeMarion Weaver-Parker. – [Students] And we attend
Phillips Elementary School. – Hello, my name is Tim Williams. – Hello, my name is Leah Mott. – Hello my name is Mya. – Hello, my name is Camille Dayrit. – [Students] And we attend
Burbank Elementary School. – Hello, my name is Kordell Taylor. – Hello, my name is Kumari Warren. – Hello my name is Imani Ryan. – Hello, my name is Emontae Picot. – [Students] And we attend
Tyler Elementary School. – Hello, my name is Kingston Bryant. – Hello, my name is Madison Roberts. – Hello, my name is Madisyn Dixon. – Hello, my name is Cameryn Burke. – [Students] And we attend
Barron Fundamental School. – At this time, I’d like to introduce our
guest speaker to each of you. And our guest speaker today
is Miss Katie Collett. Katie Collett joined the
WAVY TV 10 Fox 43 News team in August of 2007. She began as a weekend reporter and worked just about every
shift before being promoted to the morning anchor position in 2012. If you don’t recognize her, you will when she comes up because she is now the morning and midday anchor for Wavy. Her anchoring duties include; the Wavy News 10 today
from 4:30 in the morning, how many of you all are
up at 4:30 in the morning? Seriously all of you 4:30 in the morning? (audience laughing) Well you’ve got me beat, I’m
not up at 4:30 in the morning but I can catch her when I do get up ’cause she’s on the air until 7:00. So that’s a little bit better for me. And then she also is
on Wavy News 10 at 7:00 and Fox 43 from seven to nine, so if you’re a late riser and then Wavy News 10
Midday from noon to one but you all are in school so you got to catch her in the morning. So while at Wavy, Katie
has contributed reports to a number of Emmy
award-winning newscast. She was also nominated for an Emmy for her investigative report on a local child who
could not stop sneezing. In 2012 Katie was diagnosed
with multiple sclerosis. She’s very public about
her battle with the disease and does all she can to
raise awareness about MS and the need to find a cure while making medications affordable. While Katie works closely
with the MS Society Around. she’s also passionate
about March of Dimes, March for Babies, The
American Heart Association, The Breast Cancer Foundation, and many more amazing organizations. So definitely a good citizen. Katie came to WAVY TV 10 Fox 43 News from WJA CTV in Johnstown Pennsylvania, where she was the sunrise
anchor and a reporter. And prior to WJA CTV, she was a full time freelance producer at Cox Broadcasting in Washington DC. She’s covered many political
topics while on the hill, including the beginning
of the war in Iraq, The President’s State of the Union and the release of the 9/11
report to name just a few. What else do we know about you? You have a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communication and she is married to her husband Will and is the proud mother of Liam which we had the opportunity
to hear about today at lunch. So she is thrilled to call
Hampton Roads her home now and she enjoys going with her family to the Norfolk Tides games, Admirals games and many of
the festivals around the area and we are just honored
to have her here today. So let’s put our hands together and welcome Miss Katie
Collett to the stage. (audience applauding) Thank you for speaking and welcome. – Good afternoon, everyone. What a wonderful welcome Thank you so much for having me here today it’s such an honor to be here today among such a fantastic group of people. My job as a journalist takes me to some really incredible places and allows me to meet wonderful people. People just like you. This room is packed with people who I know are on the right track, people who want to make good
things happen around them. As I speak to you today, I’m going to break down
one of my favorite quotes from the late Maya Angelou and then we’ll put it
all together at the end. I also have a little experiment that I want you all to participate in, I’ll tell you when that’s going to happen but you do have to pay attention for that. The first line of Maya Angelo’s quote, “I’ve learned that
whenever I decide something “with an open heart, I usually
make the right decision.” Who thinks that’s true? Very good when you listen to your heart, do you feel like you made
the right decision, yeah? I think that’s why so many
of you are here today. You made decisions with an open heart. You made the decision to serve
the community and to do good. As good citizens I think
it’s pretty safe to say the majority of you are humble, and that may also mean
you don’t quite realize the impact that you have on others. That’s one of the reasons why
I created a segment at Wavy TV called “Children of Change.” I thought it was important
for children like you to understand the great impact
you have on our community. I wanted the public to understand that our kids are not
lazy, they’re not selfish, they’re not constantly
playing video games, you’re not bullying
each other all the time, it’s quite the opposite. And all of you in this room
right now are proof of that. My first story in the
“Children of Change” segment highlighted an 11
year-old in Virginia Beach whose teacher was diagnosed
with breast cancer. He didn’t want her to feel alone, so he got his entire class, to write her cards of
encouragement and support. In the end, he collected enough cards that she had one card every day, for a year and a half, to read
during her chemo treatments. Another child in the series, decided she didn’t want birthday gifts. Instead every year she
has a party to raise money for Children’s Hospital
of the Kings Daughters which helped give her
a better start at life when she was born with some troubles. So every year for her
birthday instead of gifts, she gets donations and she
gives that money to CHKD so the hospital can help others. Here in Hampton, I introduced our audience to some little girls who
created a kindness campaign at Barron Elementary. It helps students start the day off with encouraging words and friendship. At Phoebus High School,
the girls field hockey team volunteered their time to teach other kids how to play field hockey. It taught those children
the importance of teamwork, friendship, exercise and
just simply having fun. It’s been an awesome series. I cannot wait to do more of them. Maya Angelou’s quote goes on to say, “I’ve learned that even when I have pains, “I don’t have to be one.” Okay, so you’re having a bad day, does that mean everybody else around you has to have a bad day too? – No
– That’s right, no. That’s why you’re good citizens. So from 2018 to 2019 I lived the literal words of that quote. As Miss Goral mentioned,
I have multiple sclerosis. So what that is, it’s an incurable disease that affects the nervous system. Sometimes those of us
with MS have flare-ups. From the beginning of 2018
until April of this year I had a flare-up. That would meant that
I had excruciating pain in my body all day every day. My legs and feet were numb
but I could still walk. My hands were numb, I
could still use them. They’re numb right now
as a matter of fact. They come and go throughout the day but you wouldn’t know because you don’t have to necessarily feel what I’m feeling at that moment. I’m smiling right now
because I’m in a room full of wonderful, inspirational people. So even though the majority during that flare-up of my body was numb, my bones hurt, there was no escaping it, they hurt all day, I still came to work and while I was in pain,
I refused to be a pain. I plastered a smile on my face. I went on TV and shared
that smile with others. I tried to brighten their day and in return I actually got
a brighter day for myself. Positivity is the trait of a good citizen and that is something
that is easily shared. I’ve learned, that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug or just
a friendly pat on the back. Miss Angelou was not wrong there with that part of her quote. When you walk down the hall, your teacher gives you a high-five, doesn’t that add just a
little more pep in your step? Don’t you feel a little bit better, yeah? When your friend pats you on the back and says, “You were awesome today.” Doesn’t that make you
feel really good, yeah? So, some may ask how
can I be a good citizen? Sometimes it’s as simple
as that high-five, that pat on the back,
or my favorite, a smile. Did you know that smiles
can be contagious? – Yeah.
– Yeah? You’re aware of that? So just like a yawn, you know what someone
around you, aah they yawn, everyone else around
that person yawns, yeah. I think smiles are very much the same. This is where that little
experiment comes in that I wanted to tell you about. So here’s what I need. I need you all to look at each
other right now at the table. Everyone at the table. Go ahead take a look at each other, go ahead and smile, yeah. (woman giggles) I hear giggling, right. You go ahead you smile
away that’s a good thing. Okay, so it feels good, right. Doesn’t it make you feel good to smile? See, yes, okay, now here’s the real
part of the experiment. I need half of the people at the table the first people, the
first half the people to raise their hands, put ’em up, okay. So at your table half, just half. Okay, good, now, so choose
the half at your table, who have your hand raised. You’re my smilers okay? You’re going to smile. The other half, you’re
going to try not to smile. Okay, so put your hands down. So does everyone know who my smilers are? One more time smilers, only
smilers raise your hands. Okay, all right, now
who are my non-smilers, non smilers raise your hands, okay. Might have a little more
non-smilers, okay, go ahead. So on the count of three, my smilers are going to make eye contact with my non smilers. Why eye contact? Eye contact shows respect, it shows that you care about the person that you’re looking at, okay. So on the count of three, my smilers I need you to smile at those non-smilers. Ready one, two, three, smile. (children giggling) And look at those non-smilers giggling, a lot of them are giggling. See, bravo. Okay, now, I need you to switch roles. So those of you who were my non-smilers, you’re going to smile now, okay. Everyone got it, so
who are my new smilers? Yes, okay, on the count
of three my new smilers are going to smile at the
others, are you ready? One, two, three, show those pearly whites, yes. (children giggling) Yes, all right, give
yourselves a round of applause. (audience applauding)
That was so good. So here’s what we learned. And you can look right back up here, I’m going to snag your
attention right back. A smile is free. A smile shows you care. If someone’s having a bad day, a simple smile might help them
realize they’re not alone. My job is to wake up hundreds
of thousands of people each morning and inform them of everything that happened overnight
while they were asleep. I wake up at 2:30 in the morning to get ready for work, I’ll say it one more
time ’cause it’s true. I wake up at 2:30 in the morning, to get ready for work, I have to be to work
at 3:30 in the morning and our shows start at
4:30 in the morning. No one wants to be woken
up by a grump, do they? – No.
– No. You don’t want to be woken
up by a grouchy person, no one wants to hang out
with someone who’s grouchy and constantly frowning. So the first thing I do
no matter how tired I am, when that show open rolls and it says, “‘Wavy News 10 Today,’ “with Don Roberts and Katie Collett.” That smile goes right on my face. And you would not believe
the number of messages that I get from viewers. Some simply saying, “I
needed that smile today.” Or, “Thank you for always
starting my day with a smile.” It’s really the little things
that make a big difference. Maya Angelou said, “I’ve learned, that I
still have a lot to learn.” Oh what an important lesson that is. As good citizens who participate in some incredible
community service projects, we are always learning new things, we’re coming up with new ideas. This also makes me think back to my “Children of Change” segments. The students featured are
good students for sure but that doesn’t mean that they’re the tippy top of their class. As a matter of fact I always emphasize they don’t have to be at
the top of their class. Don’t get me wrong, getting good grades, doing well in school, that
is very, very important, but kindness and being a
good person, a good citizen, those things are all just
as important in my book. You don’t have to have
a 4:0 or straight As to change the world. Impacting your community,
school or the world, that all starts with an idea. That’s all you need. One idea and the confidence in yourself that you can reach your goal. We were talking at our table, for some of us math was
not our strong point, still not my strong point. Especially word problems, I struggled with those
when I was in school but I do know this, an idea plus confidence
equals an unstoppable force. An idea plus confidence
equals an unstoppable force. Far little is more powerful than an idea mixed with confidence. Perhaps the most famous line
from Maya Angelou’s quote, that I’m sharing with you today is, “I’ve learned that people
will forget what you said, “people will forget what you did, “but people will never forget
how you made them feel.” I make it a point to surround myself with positive, friendly
and fun people every day. So this event, this is a
true highlight of my day. It took me a long time
to realize the importance of surrounding myself with people who help me see things in a positive way. Now I’ve always been a positive person, but sometimes we allow ourselves to hang out with people who
are just gloomy or negative. But why, why do we do that? We all have the freedom
and power to choose who we hang out with. We have the power to choose who
we spend our free time with. Who we listen to in podcasts, on television, on social media. And we all have the freedom
and power to say no. I don’t want negativity in my life. This is a room full of good citizens. So I feel like you’re
already on such a good and positive track. So I broke down Maya
Angelou’s quote for you today, it’s a very powerful quote in my opinion and I think it’s time
we put it all together to truly feel the impact of her words. The full quote goes: I’ve learned that whenever
I decide something with an open heart, I usually
make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every
day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still
have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people
will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget
how you made them feel. And that goes for me today. I’m standing in this room full of hope, full of goodness and kindness and I’ll never forget how you
all made me feel here today. It’s really a true privilege
to get to speak to a room full of people who are not
afraid to share their light, with the world. So never stop being a good
citizen and never stop trying to make the world around you
a better place, thank you. (audience applauding) – I would not let her leave the stage because we do have a small
token of appreciation for speaking with everyone today. – Aw, thank you. – So thank you so much for being here. (audience applauding) And again thank you so
much, Katie for being here. We truly do appreciate your time, your great advice for all of
our young people here today, ’cause all of you all can take away something that was said. Just being kind and that big smile. So I know that all of
our students thoroughly enjoyed it today. So before we close I’d like
to thank our sponsors again, most importantly I like to congratulate each and every one of you for being Citizens of the Month. We are here today because of you and we encourage you to keep doing those great things that you’re doing and continue to be the
leader for your peers, and your school, and your community. So let’s have one big round of applause for all of your hard work. (audience applauding) All right, you have to go back to school. Ah, but guess what? Dr. Smith gave you the day off tomorrow. – Yay!
– Yay! (laughs) So you only have to go
back for a short while before your day is over and then you get three days to enjoy that Thanksgiving break. So very shortly we’re going to go ahead and dismiss you to your buses but you’re going to need to
listen with your good ears because we’re going to
have Miss Bowers come up and she’s going to call
out your bus number, and as she comes to the podium and calls out your number, then you’ll go ahead and
line up in the lobby. Please don’t forget your
packets that you have, they include a schedule, sharing when this luncheon
will air on Channel 46. So if you really enjoyed
hearing Katie today, you’ll get to hear again if
you will tune in to Channel 46. All right, guys, congratulations
and have a great day. (upbeat music)

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