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MRMS students start the new year inspired by guest speaker

Dr. Fowlin portrays a character who refuses to bow to stereotypes.

This January, the students and faculty of Marvin Ridge Middle got to witness an incredible presentation from amazing speaker and actor, Dr. Michael Fowlin. The overriding theme of the presentation was to make students think about “what you need to do instead of what you’re supposed to do." Sometimes students have to go beyond what is expected or approach a problem in an an unexpected way to get great results.

Dr. Fowlin was taught this important life lesson by his high school football coach but through stories and acting showed the audience how he has applied this lesson to many other aspects of his life.

Dr. Fowlin used his acting skills to portray characters that are often stereotyped; like the football player who has to act cool to impress his friends, the troublemaker who is tired of people putting him down because he’s different, and a person with a disability who is constantly faced with the need to confront others misconceptions. Each character told their own personal story with humor, sensitivity and heart-wrenching truth and each story was meant to inspire the audience to be kinder to others.

“Taking a moment to think about what it might be like to walk in another person’s shoes made me realize that lots of people have to overcome their own personal struggles,” said Abigail Mueller.

“It’s okay to be different. We never know what someone is going through in their lives and we should never judge” are the things a student said she took away from the presentation.

Thanks to the hard work of the Marvin Ridge Middle School Student Council who arranged and organized the school-wide assembly, the students of MRMS started the new year on a positive note with a reminder that a little empathy, openness and kindness can sometimes make a big difference.

Written by: Abigail Mueller and Brita Mann
Posted: Jan 14, 2014 by Brita Mann

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