Greg has been invited to speak on topics like community service & philanthropy. Many of the events have involved audiences of different ages & faiths. He has spoken with elementary, middle & high school students at schools & organizations around North America (i.e. St. Patrick's School & Costa Catholic Academy). He has spoken with college students as part of school lecture series (i.e. Loyola University of Chicago) & general on-campus events (St. Kate's & York College). He has been invited to speak with educators & other adults at events like Mayors' Youth First Prayer Breakfast in Minnesota. He has spoken at events geared toward senior citizens of different faiths as well. The books (The Silhouette Man & The First Thirty) based on Greg's story tell the tale of a young teacher's efforts to make a difference, and the grandparent (& other people) who shape his interest in topics like service & philanthropy. The First Thirty was NSDLC Multicultural Relations Book of the Year. The Silhouette Man was honored in Canada as a book that celebrates the wisdom of seniors. The books &/or the companion workbook (A Place To Sit) have been used in different ways by many schools & organizations. For instance, Saint James School got copies of the book for its entire middle school (and then, staff & faculty received copies, too). In turn, the local Denny's bought copies of the book-related poster for all of the students. St. John's University selected the book for a program for new students (& then had Greg come speak with those students). Chapters of nonprofit organizations (i.e. YWCA & Habitat for Humanity) have ordered the books, companion workbooks &/or related posters for people in their communities. The books & posters also have been used in contests involving students. For instance, Scotiabank sponsored a service-related essay contest based on the book for students at Bishop Gallagher School (& also got copies of the book & related posters for the school). In Africa, the South African Holocaust & Genocide Foundation gave copies of the Legacy Poster to students who won its art & writing contest. Greg has done Readings of the upcoming kids' picture book edition of The First Thirty for kids in different communities (i.e. campers at one of The Salvation Army's summer camps). On a personal level, Greg has spent time volunteering in settings involving people of different faiths - including a fun experience filling in as Santa Claus at a church on Christmas Day.
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