Elementary & Middle Schools
Greg has been invited to speak on topics like service & diversity with different audiences - including many events involving elementary &/or middle school students. In many cases, he has spoken at general assemblies for kids at public or private schools in North America or South Africa (i.e. Black River Falls Middle School). In some cases, he has spoken at annual events (i.e. Overlake School Service Day, Starbuck Middle School MLK Day, Parkland Prep Academy Graduation). In other cases, he has spoken at evening events for parents or district, regional or statewide professional development events for teachers (i.e. Durham Association of Educators Summer Institute).
The book based on Greg's story, The First Thirty, includes an in-depth look at his own elementary & middle school experience & its impact on his interest in topics like service, diversity & philanthropy (as well as a look at his later efforts as an educator working with kids in this age range). It was NSD Leadership Conference Multicultural Relations Book of the Year. The book - and companion workbook - are both intended for 5th grade 'reading level' & up. Many schools have used it with younger grades (i.e. 4th graders with higher reading levels). The books &/or companion workbooks have been used by elementary & middle schools in many different ways. In some cases, schools have used the book in a particular class (i.e. a public middle school in New York). In other cases, they have had the whole middle school read it (i.e. a private school in Pennsylvania). In one case, in one town in particular, the public school had their 4th & 5th graders read the book & use the workbook. They also got copies of the books for the 6th grade graduates - and copies of the books & workbooks for the staff & faculty. At the same time, the private school in that town had their entire middle school read the book. The staff/faculty then got copies, too. In some cases, schools have gotten the books for a 'common read' for trips or programs (i.e. a school in Florida got copies for 4th graders to read in advance of a trip to Africa. The school also got matching copies for the kids' peers in Africa). Companies (i.e. Rockville Bank), teams (i.e. Minnesota Vikings) or chapters of nonprofit organizations (i.e. I Have a Dream Foundation) have ordered the books for students in this age range, too. In other cases, companies (i.e. McDonald's) and chapters of nonprofit organizations (i.e. Special Olympics) have ordered copies of the book-related posters for students in this age range. In some cases, the books have been used as an award (i.e. Highwood Chamber of Commerce got copies of the book for 40 5th-8th grade students they honored for qualities like citizenship & leadership). In a number of cases, students in this age range have participated in essay contests related to the book &/or Greg's speech at their event (i.e. Minnesota Vikings got copies of the book for a 6th grade class in Minnesota & sponsored an essay contest on the book for them). Greg's experiences as a student &/or his subsequent efforts to help students have been featured by media like Education Week, The Washington Post & Good Morning America. To see a small sample of feedback on the books & events from elementary/middle school-related audiences & media, click here