Upcoming Speaker: Calvin Terrell

On March 5-8, Grand Haven Area Public Schools will be hosting renowned speaker Calvin Terrell. Mr. Terrell will be providing programming for both middle and high school students, and there is also a community program open to the public.

Because we recognize the power of kindness and inclusion in the nationwide battle against bullying and school violence, GHAPS high school and middle school students will experience Mr. Terrell’s “Worriers to Warriors” program at in-school assemblies. The program covers topics like bullying, prejudice and diversity. In addition, a select group of high school student leaders have been invited to a “Call to Warriors” workshop that offers a more in-depth look at how to continue the important work of promoting kindness and inclusion for all.

The content of Mr. Terrell’s programs for Grand Haven High School and Lakeshore Middle School is focused on kindness and inclusion as a way to prevent mean behaviors, bullying and school violence. This is a very timely, relevant message for our students, given current events across the country.

GHAPS teachers and community members will benefit from Mr. Terrell’s perspectives, too. Staff will participate in a professional development workshop, while the following opportunities are open to the broader Grand Haven community:

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Monday, March 5, 2018 at 7:00 pm: High school students and parents are invited to a Q&A session with Mr. Terrell at GHHS. The session will be held at the GHHS Performing Art Center.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 6:30 pm: All from the community are invited to attend the “Violence or Virtue” program, which teaches participants how to assess violence around them and discuss creative solutions. This program will be held at the GHHS Performing Art Center.

Mr. Terrell's programs will expose our students to different perspectives, causing them to think critically about the world around them. This is part of our responsibility as educators: to let students hear different perspectives, talk about them, think about them, and decide for themselves if and how those perspectives change their view of the world.

High school students requested Mr. Terrell as a speaker after experiencing his programs at a conference in 2016. Sponsors throughout the area – including Health Pointe, Tri-Cities Kiwanis, Grand Haven Area Youth Advisory Council, Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, the City of Grand Haven and the Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg – have fully covered Mr. Terrell’s $9,000 speaking fee.

Mr. Terrell has previously presented at Holland Public Schools, Grand Valley State University and Hope College.

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