Program Title

Cultivate Kindness Middle/High School
Provider Name
ReesSpecht Life Foundation
Richard Emmett Specht

Sound Beach , NY 11789

Program Description
Former Science educator and author Richard Specht's program will show just how powerful kindness is and the importance of perspective and choice when it comes to thinking of our place in the world and our ability to make a difference in it. The presentation begins with Mr. Specht sharing a little about the ReesSpecht Life Foundation and a story about a $3000.00 tip that went viral worldwide in the spring of 2015. The formation of the ReesSpecht Life Foundation and the Cultivate Kindness movement is set against the backdrop of Rees’ passing and the events that transpired afterwards. Rich shares with the students several examples of the exceptionally kind acts the family received following Rees’ passing and the family’s repeated efforts to repay those kind deeds. Not accepting that those who helped them in the darkest hour would not take anything in return, he 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). Using his science background, and a clever demonstration, Rich reinforces and proves the idea that one kind act can start a chain reaction of kindness. 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 with their actions. Using more of his science background, and some interactive tools, Mr. Specht will challenge your student’s perceptions of perspective. He will prove to your students that their actions, both good and bad, matter – and all have consequences. When all is said and done, Mr. Specht will have your students amazed at how much of a difference a simple change in their point of view can make. Rich finishes the presentation with a challenge to the students to go out and make a change for the better by starting their own chain reaction of kindness. As a former middle/hs level instructor with 16 years experience, Mr. Specht knows exactly how to convey his powerful message to your studends. This presentation will open their eyes to a different way of seeing the world – allowing them to see the good in it, and that their ability to make it even better starts from within. All students and staff in attendance will receive a “Cultivate Kindness Pay it Forward Card” to help them in their quest to 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

60 minutes