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Finley Students Contemplate World Change

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Students at Finley Middle School have embarked on a mission to change the world with some guidance from Free the Children, an international charity and educational partner.

The children recently took part in a presentation led by Free the Children motivational speakers and leadership facilitators Theresa Girardi and Lindy Keefe, who encouraged the students to use their creativity and the power of their imagination to make a difference. During the presentation, the pair gave examples of successful people, such as Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs and J.K. Rowling, who faced challenges and roadblocks early in their careers but never gave up. They explained that Winfrey, Jobs and Rowling succeeded because they made a decision, tried something new and thought imaginatively, going beyond their limits to take a risk.

After the assembly, Girardi and Keefe held action planning workshops with 25 students, made up of National Junior Honor Society members, Builders Club members and the student council, to provide students with tools and resources to turn their ideas into actions.

The entire student body will ultimately vote on an issue they’d like to address on a local, national or international level and will work together to make a difference. According to Principal Nelson Iocolano, the school hopes to support the students by incorporating their efforts and the issues surrounding them across the different content areas.

“Communicating the idea that young people have the power to effect positive change in the world is a valuable message,” Iocolano said. “Helping the students demonstrate that would be a wonderful accomplishment.”