ROCKLAND — Superintendent Alan Cron and Rogers Middle School Principal Cheryl Schipper are pleased to announce that middle school students were treated to a special virtual event last week.
Jesse Green virtually arrived at Rockland Middle School on Friday, Sept. 17 to give a motivational speech to students, encouraging them to always follow their dreams.
Green is known for making appearances on television on National Geographic, ESPN, Boston 25 News and WCVB’s Chronicle, to name a few.
A well-known Master Chainsaw Sculptor, he uses his own personal experiences as a way to express to students that if you put your mind to something you can accomplish anything, and that people should never let doubts get in the way of their goals.
Green’s hands-on speech allowed students to incorporate their own personal beliefs and feelings into the presentation, despite it being done virtually. He did this by having the students each create a “LIVE YOUR DREAMS TOP-10 MUST-DO’S” list. Some of the activities on the list included expressing life-long goals by writing them out, making goals visual to yourself every day, and to not give up when life gets frustrating.
“The resilience and idea to ‘strive until you thrive’ that Jesse implants in students’ minds is especially important today, given all we’ve been through and how important it is to hear those messages,” Principal Schipper said. “He has a way with his enthusiasm and genuine belief system that makes students want to see their own dreams become a future reality for themselves”.
The presentation was made possible by the Rockland Cultural Council.
About Jesse Green
Green, who holds an Honorary Doctor of Arts from Keene State College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, has been touring the U.S. for 14 years presenting speeches and making sculptures. To learn more about him and his speeches, visit his website here.