This is the 2nd year we have had Houston join us for the Jake Anderson Leadership Symposium, & I didn't think it was possible, but it was better than the first! I have received numerous texts from youth & parents of youth who have thanked us for having Houston share his powerful, inspirational, & deeply personal message of Kindness & love. We look forward to building upon this message next year, incorporating a parent/community coffee, &/or some of the meaningful curriculum Houston's developed into our broader system! Thank you!
Kristi Anderson - Orono High School, MN
Houston was everything and more we wanted in a Kindness Week speaker! He effectively discussed the importance of kindness with humor, honesty, and relevant examples, and he kept the students engaged throughout the whole assembly. He was a huge hit among the students and the staff members! His small group workshop was also super effective, and students continued to be moved by his examples. Houston was incredible and I could not speak more highly of him!
Ann Codiga - Scotts Valley High School, CA - Advisor
This message was sent to my secretary from a parent: "Hey Tina, just wanted to give a shout out. I heard today's speaker was awesome. Not sure how he ended up speaking at China, but Mackenzie gave him rave reviews!!" I only heard positive comments from staff and students continually since our assembly. We would like to continue on this journey of promoting a culture of kindness in our building and will be discussing purchasing one of the programs for advisory or leadership. Houston's message is so powerful. Every single person was able to relate to his message.
Lois Bowden - China Middle School, ME - Principal
I was really impressed by the way Houston was able to get the students attention, keep their attention, and deliver his message. It is hard to keep 600 students engaged for an hour but he did it and, as I scanned the audience, he had students from all different social groups soaking in the message. It is my hope that the adults and students leaders here can follow up and continue the momentum started by his presentation.
Myke Pace - Hockinson High School, WA - Educator
Students shared, "Houston was a two thumbs up. He was funny and entertaining with a great message. I did not get bored for a second with a guest speaker which was awesome". They also shared that everyone was laughing and having a good time. He did great at keeping everyone's attention. This morning I heard many students comment on how he made them think with a more positive attitude about helping others and not putting themselves first. I truly believe Houston will make a difference at HHS.
Beth Tugaw - Hockinson High School, WA - Advisor