Don’t take our word for it… see what others have to say:
“Among the best, if not the best and most powerful presentations I have seen in this auditorium in 30 years of teaching [at I.S. 281]“. – Mark Hayden (Assistant Principal I.S. 281 Brooklyn)
“We are still “cultivating kindness” at East Quogue Elementary! We all ordered shirts, books and extra cards. We can’t wait to help increase the number of Rees’ Pieces! Your heartfelt assembly and words really touched us. Thank you!” – Jackie Martin (Teacher East Quogue Elementary)
“I was fortunate enough to sit in on your presentation today (I had to make sure the mic stayed working) at Seneca middle school. Your story and presentation was moving, sad, inspirational, funny and more! to see a couple hundred 6th graders sit quietly for over an hour is quite an accomplishment! I am truly sorry for your loss, but what you have decided to do with it is nothing short of amazing! As a dad myself, I connected on many levels with your words. You provided a way to reach every individual in the auditorium- no small feat! I hope you can take your story and message far beyond Long Island and New York for that matter, the world needs to experience your amazing story!” –Jim Enright (Seneca Middle School)
“…this organization is truly inspirational. I’ve now seen you speak twice at Driftwood Day Camp as a staff member, and they have both been incredible. Keep doing exactly what you do!” –Jamie G. (Counselor Driftwood Day Camp)
“Your presentation brought tears to my eyes but joy to my heart. It was truly a privilege to have heard your story… Thank you for bringing true hope back into my heart.” Caterina P. (Suffolk Community College)
“I am in awe of your strength and the ease with which you connected with both the children and adults during your presentation. It is obvious that you have worked hard to polish it without seeming too practiced. Your message is simple, yet powerful and has already changed the world. I am sure of that. When I gave my fifth-grade students their kindness cards this afternoon, I asked them to draft a list of 10 acts of kindness they could gift to someone. I explained that their kindness has the capacity to change the world, so to be thoughtful about the way they choose to “spend” their kindness card. It ignited such a deep and beautiful conversation in our classroom. My hope is your hope, Rich, and I thank you for being the face and voice of that hope. Rees’ legacy will live forever in every act of kindness and it all began with you.” – Kristine A. (Teacher Cherokee Street Elementary School)
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