Junior High students sat cross-legged on the cafeteria floor in Maxwell last week as they listened to motivational speaker, Mister Brown.
Mister Brown, who has been speaking for over 20 years to a variety of audiences, visited all three of Maxwell’s schools Thursday and Friday, offering three different assemblies that were tailored to accommodate the different age groups.
Maxwell seventh and eight graders participated in activities including a version of Simon Says, but they really responded to the stories of Mr. Brown’s life experiences, both triumphs and shortcomings.
Through stories of a broken home, drug use, and STDs, Mister brown connected with his audience.
“I have a gift to connect with kids,” Brown explained. “My ultimate goal is to be real with them. I tell the truth. It may be ugly at times but if you’re dealing with it, let’s talk about it.”
“I liked when Mister Brown talked about his personal life to us. Most people don’t do that,” said Christian, a student at Maxwell Junior High.
Mobbed with hugs from the elementary students that remember him, it was clear this was not the first time Mister Brown had visited.
Principal Staci deWit stated that Mister Brown’s presentation was not in response to a problem, rather it falls under the enrichment of students with positive behavior.
The school’s budget allows not only the educational but also the emotional wellness of students, she said.
Brown’s slogan, “When you make better choices, you will live a better life,” is the core of his message to the children: choices with a focus on long term goals.
Plans for more school activities are in the works, including possibly implementing “Choose Well Wednesday” with an award for kids who make good choices.
There is also talk of combining Family Night with Literacy Night to bring Mister Brown’s messages into the home.
“I want to offer a resource like that to parents so they can understand the message of choose well and make it a cultural thing,” Brown said. “Give resources to the kids, the teachers, and the parents.” ■