I remember the very first phone call in December of 2012. I was booking Houston Kraft for a Martin Luther King assembly, a year in advance, and I had no idea of the impact that was right around the corner at Sedro-Woolley High School because of that one single phone call. After that first amazing assembly and an opportunity to get acquainted with Houston I knew we had to tap in to his vision and his unique gift of sharing it. We have had Houston back every year since that first assembly and for the past 2 years he has developed a 3 day anti-bullying program that he presents to the entire freshmen class each October with a follow-up retreat in February.
Houston’s message of kindness, compassion and acceptance has truly changed the climate of our school…it is not so much a task that we “do”, but a way that we “live”. Learning about how to overcome our own personal fears in order to willingly stand in the gap for others has made us better students, friends and family members.
Substitute teachers that have experiences in many different school districts report back to us on a regular basis about how polite and considerate our students at Sedro-Woolley High School are. I believe our students, staff and community members are all better at remembering that “everyone has a battle they are fighting that we know nothing about” and to treat everyone with kindness…because of Houston Kraft. I am so thankful for that very first phone call.
Nita Hodgins - Sedro-Woolley High School, WA - Leadership Advisor