Program Title

Cultivate Kindness 3-6
Provider Name
ReesSpecht Life Foundation
Richard Emmett Specht

Sound Beach , NY 11789

Program Description
Join us for either our live or virtual performance this year! Former Science teacher and author Richard Specht's presentation challenges your 3-6 students to look beyond themselves and see the effect their small acts of kindness can have on others. The program demonstrates how kindness and a positive mindset can help us overcome life's obstacles. Join Mr. Specht as he recounts how the acts of kindness received in the wake of tragedy grew into a movement that has literally spread worldwide. The presentation combines his family's personal story with Mr. Specht's unique, scientific, explanation on how the ability to change the world around us is something we can all achieve, provided we have the right perspective. The main focus is on the kindness the family received after Rees’ accident (his passing is not mentioned) and the effect it had on them and their community. Rich then recounts how they came up with our "Pay it Forward Cards" and how they quickly spread across the world (Over 380,000 at current count). Mr. Specht demonstrates the idea that one kind act can lead to another and start a chain reaction. He shows them a growth chart that ends with him pointing out that it is his wish to change the world... The presentation ends with a challenge to your students to think a little bit about how they see the world - and their ability to change it. Rich uses his science background, and some interactive tools, to challenge your student’s perceptions of perspective. When all is said and done, he will have your students amazed at how much of a difference a simple change in our point of view can make. Rich finishes the presentation with a challenge to the students to go out and plant the seeds of kindness and open up people's eyes to a different way of seeing the world - because if we see the good in the world, we can make this world a better place, one Rees' piece at a time.

Storytelling (TH), Science ,

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Cost Single: $1000
Cost Multiple: $500

45 minutes