Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Respect, Responsibility, Decision-making, Goal setting, Attitude, Gratitude, and Being Kind.


Burlington HS students were fortunate today to listen to Mr. Ed Gerety today.  Mr. Gerety is a motivational speaker and leadership trainer who delivered a program focused on key principles and skills that are essential to developing students.  Ed's message was geared to enhance our already positive school climate and remind our students how important the following traits are:  Respect, Responsibility, good decision-making, goal setting, attitude, gratitude, and being kind. 

Mr. Gerety was part of our Be Smart Program at BHS.  Throughout the year, BHS sponsors programs and activities that educate and promote many of Ed's messages:

  • The power of respect and responsibility
  • The impact and consequences of our choices and decisions
  • The issues of bullying, peer pressure, and drugs/alcohol
  • Appreciation for our abilities and the people in our life
  • The courage to believe in oneself
  • The power we have to reach out and make a difference

Other guest speakers this year include Chris Herren (11/26), Kevin Brooks (3/25), and Kathi Sullivan (5/2).  

Mr. Gerety captured students' attention through his high energy and interactive approach.  His humor, passion, and personal experiences helped drive his message home with our students - stand up for your greatness, be grateful for what you have, be responsible, be kind, and always stay passionate and positive.

Mr. Gerety, without a doubt left an impression on our student body.  You can see what students posted on Ed's twitter page , some example are below.

AMAZING Time today listening to . building strong ideas and bringing people higher. That's what life is all about.

If could speak at every school in the country, that would be nice  


  you were awesome today. So inspirational!

Thank you to for reminding me to be grateful for everything I have


great assembly today. Showed what a true leader and motivator is


honestly made me realize so much. Thank you for visiting BHS !


Love, love, LOVED 's talk. Got emotional. May have cried at my life. Making changes :) THANK YOU ED.


you changed my mood for the day thank you so much for doing what you're doing I love you man ❤ have an amazing day


To conclude his presentation, Mr. Gerety had students work together to 'make rain', you can see a short clip below, if the video isn't working you can see it here.



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