Here is one more update on the senior class at Valapraiso, Indiana’s Wheeler High School, where principal Don Gandy and athletic director Randy Stelter are team-leading a study of The Go-Giver (see our last two posts). This report came during the week from Randy:
Just finished our second senior class discussion of The Go-Giver. Must share that Mike DeSimone, our All-Conference Quarterback, has already finished the book. He was the first one finished. He answered questions like a scholar today, and I couldn’t have been more proud. Mike shared with me that it’s the best book he’s ever read and that “everyone should read it.”
I began with a five-question quiz and told the students that those who had all five correct would have a special gift next week.
I then shared the fifteen-minute movie clip from your blog, and the kids really enjoyed it. Many came up afterwards to express the support of today’s lesson. I challenged them to validate their experiences of “living and giving” the first law this weekend, and we would share those experiences next week.
In another note, Randy writes:
Good things are happening in the Chicago area.
My daughter works downtown and was reading The Go-Giver at lunch on Thursday, and two of her co-workers went out and purchased the book because of her recommendation. I also sent copies to some of my friends who are teachers and AD’s [athletic directors] in Illinois.
I really believe in what we are doing at Wheeler. I have already asked Don, our principal, if we could start this project again at the beginning of next year so we could follow the progress of the “giver” mentality throughout the year. We want our seniors giving back to our younger students, and this is the perfect opportunity for them to catch the spirit.
Do you know of a school or teacher that might be interested in following Don and Randy’s lead and using The Go-Giver to teach their kids? If you do, have them get in touch with us through our web site!