As with all initiatives it is hard to gauge the impact of one’s work but the following e-mails indicate that there is a difference happening with the efforts of our volunteers.
The first e-mail was received from a teacher at a school that was not on our list for presentations; we were pleased to be able to rearrange our scheduling to include the school.
Good evening Charles,
A couple of years ago, I covered for a Grade 5 teacher at Huron Centennial PS and enjoyed a very informative and engaging Don't Meth With Us presentation. The next day, we reflected on your visit and wrote thank you notes to express our appreciation for teaching us some very valuable lessons.
I'm now in my first long term teaching assignment and would love to invite the Don't Meth With Us presenters to my Grade 5 class. Hopefully, you and the other presenters are still visiting schools and spreading your powerful message. Would you be willing to come to Stephen Central? I'll do my absolute best to make any date and time work.
Many thanks and I look forward to hearing from you.
Grade 5 Teacher
Stephen Central Public School
The day after our team visited the school we received the following e-mail:
Good morning Charles, oh how I absolutely loved the Rotary's Don't Meth With Us presentation yesterday. Many thanks to you and your fellow presenters for visiting SCPS and sharing your very powerful messages. The Grade 5 students wore their t-shirts and wristbands with pride all day. The hug from my one student showed exactly how much your visit meant to us. The Grade 6 teacher also really appreciated being invited to join us. Not only did the presentation encourage me to assign homework (lol), it also highlighted the importance of making good decisions that are true, fair, beneficial and help build friendships.
Many sincere thanks from the SCPS Grade 5 Class :)
We have been questioned as to the importance of giving each student a DMWU t-shirt, so the same day as the Thank You e-mail we received a text message from a Stratford teacher:
Saw a grade 6 student with the meth shirt on today from grade 5.
We truly do believe that we are making a difference and encourage other Rotary Clubs to make contact with us and we will assist in setting up the program in your school district.
On March 2, 2018, our DMWU Mitchell team presented the program at Sacred Heart School in Wingham, Ontario. The Principal, Ms. Sharon Stephens wrote:
“This was very well received at Sacred Heart! The teacher was impressed with the way it was presented. Thank you for visiting our school,” Sharon Stephens, OCT, B.A., BEd., MSEd.
Principal, Sacred Heart School, Wingham,