BHS Be Smart Program, in an ongoing effort to continue to educate all students on the importance of making good decisions, is proud to bring John Morello and his production of "I am Dirt" to Burlington HS on December 19th.
Our goal is to reach as many students as possible with the important message of making good decisions whether it relates to texting and driving or substance use and abuse. This show connects with students and educators by showing real characters who are making real decisions that provides an assembly like no other.
What began as a therapeutic side project for John Morello has turned into one of the most popular assemblies for students across the country. Not a lecture or seminar, “Dirt” is a play of many characters all performed by one actor.
John Morello comically and effortlessly slips in and out of the characters to tell a story which is compelling, unique, and yet is unfortunately the story of far too many of our young people. Audiences are sure to see someone they know or can relate to and it is this cathartic recognition that has been connecting with young people across the country.
Recently Morello’s show “Dirt” has become the number one recommended assembly for young people by the New England and New Jersey chapters of SADD, MADD, and ASAP (Association of Student Assistance Professionals).
BHS students want honesty, respect, and someone who is real. In Morello’s performance of I am Dirt, his characters speak honestly about their experiences. The audience quickly understands how seemingly disconnected our lives can be but soon realize that indeed we are all tied together and we often influence each-other.
In the end “Dirt” addresses the core reasons for substance abuse such as self-esteem, depression, and a desire to find a purpose in this often chaotic life.
It is John Morello's hope and the goal of BHS that by connecting with these characters students will better understand our connection with each other and continue to make healthy decisions and good choices.