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  • 1. GULL LAKE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS “WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT PRESENTED BY MICHELLE E. OLIN
  • 2. PUBLISHED BY MICHELLE E. OLIN 2006
  • 3. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • … bringing the world
    • and Gull Lake Community Schools
    • face to face.
  • 4. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Presentation Outline
    • Purpose
    • Project Proposal
    • Sample Letter of Solicitation
    • Project Planning and Implementation
    • Analysis of Results
    • Examples of “Words of Wisdom”
    • Battle Creek Enquirer Article
    • Future Project Recommendations
  • 5. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Purpose: Many adolescents and teenagers are lacking effective adult mentorship in their lives. Searching for role models to emulate, they have turned to “the celebrity culture” for guidance and direction.
    • By obtaining “Words of Wisdom,” written specifically for our class by famous and important people from around the world, it was my hope that our students might be positively impacted by such personal and direct interaction with these highly influential people.
  • 6. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Program Proposal: To send letters to important and successful world figures, celebrities, and sports personalities – asking them to respond with “a few words of wisdom” for the students of Gull Lake Middle School.
    • The responses would be displayed in the school at a special location for the purpose of motivating our students toward their own personal success.
  • 7. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Actions: Sent letters to more than two hundred people during the first two or three weeks of summer vacation, allowing sufficient time for the delay in response time. The letters solicited a few words of encouragement to the students of our school. The printing and mailing costs were paid privately, costing the school nothing.
  • 8. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Expected Results: We recognized that many letters would go unanswered, but we also believed that we would receive just as many with good advice and words of support.
    • An intangible, immeasurable, yet very important factor, would be the sense of interaction that our students would feel when they saw such personal words of support and encouragement coming directly from these important and world famous people to them at Gull Lake Community Schools.
  • 9. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Additional Benefits: The project would give us the opportunity to educate as well as influence. By presenting biographical information with each letter displayed, we were able to help our students learn about such less well known, yet important, figures such as Sir Edmund Hillary, Julia Child, Alan Greenspan and Kofi Annan .
    • Also, many celebrities sent us valuable autographed memorabilia ( Brett Favre and Jimmy Buffett signed hats, Orlando Bloom signed poster, and several signed books) which we donated to the school library or auctioned off as student council fund-raisers.
  • 10. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Sample Letter of
    • Solicitation
  • 11. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Project Planning and Implementation
    • Establish Categories:
    • Politics / World Figures
    • Business
    • Science / Art / Authors
    • Sports
    • Broadcasting / Entertainment
  • 12. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Project Planning and Implementation
    • Selected 230 individuals spread across categories.
    • Used Collector’s Guide to Celebrity Autographs (2 nd Ed.) and several internet resources to locate addresses.
    • Mailed the requests during the summer using First Class Mail.
    • Enclosed were pre-stamped return envelopes to facilitate more returns.
  • 13. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Project Results
    • First response was ten days after mailing, from Garfield Cartoonist Jim Davis .
    • We averaged three to four return letters per week during the summer.
    • The furthest response came from Sir Edmund Hillary , the first man to climb Mount Everest. He sent his letter from Auckland, New Zealand.
  • 14. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Project Results
    • Only had twelve letters returned for wrong addresses.
    • Most wrote short notes of encouragement. Some wrote very long ones.
    • Some sent letter with photograph.
    • Some sent only a signed photograph.
    • Some had secretaries send a brief letter for them.
  • 15. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Project Results
    • Of the 230 requests mailed out, we received 65 responses.
    • By Category:
    • Politics / World Figures 19 out of 35 54.2 %
    • Business 8 out of 16 50.0 %
    • Science / Art / Authors 7 out of 21 33.3 %
    • Sports 11 out of 47 23.4 %
    • Broadcasting / Entertainment 20 out of 111 18.0 %
  • 16. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Politics / World Figures
    • Kofi Annan Jean Chretien
    • Tony Blair Bill Clinton
    • Barbara Bush Gerald Ford
    • George H W Bush Rudolph Giuliani
    • George W Bush Billy Graham
    • Laura Bush Jennifer Granholm
    • Roslyn Carter Alan Greenspan
    • Dick Cheney Carl Levin
    • Jacques Chirac Prince Harry
    • Prince William
  • 17. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Business
    • Warren Buffett Bill Gates
    • Richard Branson Carlos Gutierrez
    • Michael Dell Gary Omernick
    • Michael Eisner Donald Trump
  • 18. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Science / Art / Authors
    • Julia Child Dav Pilkey
    • Jim Davis J K Rowling
    • Homer Hickam Bill Watterson
    • Sir Edmund Hillary
  • 19. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Sports
    • Lance Armstrong Mike Kryzewski
    • Lloyd Carr Dan Marino
    • Tom Izzo Arnold Palmer
    • Magic Johnson Cal Ripken Jr.
    • Michael Jordan Al Unser Jr.
    • Greg Louganis
  • 20. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Broadcasting / Entertainment
    • Paula Abdul Toby Keith
    • Barney Jay Leno
    • Ron Boyd George Lucas
    • Jimmy Buffett Jesse McCartney
    • Ray Charles Mark Pellerito
    • Kelly Clarkson Arnold Schwarzenegger
    • Vin Diesel Robin Williams
    • Rupert Grint Walter Cronkite
    • Paul Harvey Richard Hatch
    • Alan Jackson Jennifer Lopez
  • 21. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • The Project On Display
    • Created custom display panels for each person, which typically included a biography, a photograph, and the letter.
    • Sometimes included flags, guitar, hat, or other prop that helped give interest to the display.
    • Mr. Bartholomew (School Principal) introduced each person during Monday morning announcements.
    • Each display was changed weekly.
  • 22. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • The Project
    • On Display
  • 23. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Examples of
    • “ Words of Wisdom”
    • Letters
  • 24. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • United Nations Secretary-General
    • Kofi
    • Annan
  • 25. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Barney
  • 26. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • British
    • Prime Minister
    • Tony
    • Blair
  • 27. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Musician
    • Jimmy
    • Buffett
  • 28. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • First Lady
    • Barbara
    • Bush
  • 29. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • President
    • George H.W.
    • Bush
  • 30. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • First Lady
    • Laura
    • Bush
  • 31. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Michigan Football Coach
    • Lloyd
    • Carr
  • 32. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • First Lady
    • Rosalynn
    • Carter
  • 33. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Master Chef
    • Julia
    • Child
  • 34. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • French President
    • Jacques Chirac
    • and former
    • Canadian President Jean Chretien
  • 35. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • “ American Idol”
    • Kelly
    • Clarkson
  • 36. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • President
    • Bill
    • Clinton
  • 37. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • “ Garfield”
    • Creator
    • Jim Davis
  • 38. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Actor
    • Vin Diesel
  • 39. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Walt Disney Co.
    • Chairman
    • Michael Eisner
  • 40. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • President
    • Gerald
    • Ford
  • 41. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Microsoft
    • Chairman
    • Bill Gates
  • 42. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • New York City
    • Mayor
    • Rudolph
    • Giuliani
  • 43. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Reverend
    • Billy
    • Graham
  • 44. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Governor
    • Jennifer
    • Granholm
  • 45. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Federal Reserve Chairman
    • Alan
    • Greenspan
  • 46. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Kellogg Company Chairman
    • Carlos
    • Gutierrez
  • 47. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Survivor
    • Richard
    • Hatch
    • “ You can never eat too much rice!”
  • 48. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • News
    • Commentator
    • Paul
    • Harvey
  • 49. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Aerospace Engineer
    • and Author
    • Homer Hickam, Jr.
  • 50. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Mountain
    • Climber
    • Sir Edmund
    • Hillary
  • 51. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Michigan State Coach
    • Tom Izzo
  • 52. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Basketball
    • Hall of Famer
    • Michael Jordan
  • 53. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Duke Coach
    • Mike
    • Krzyzewski
  • 54. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Comedian
    • Jay Leno
  • 55. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Senator
    • Carl Levin
  • 56. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • World Champion Diver
    • Greg Louganis
  • 57. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Movie Director
    • George Lucas
  • 58. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Hall of Fame
    • Quarterback
    • Dan Marino
  • 59. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Musician / Actor
    • Jesse McCartney
  • 60. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Golfer
    • Arnold Palmer
  • 61. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Baseball
    • Hall of Famer
    • Cal Ripken, Jr.
  • 62. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Mexican President
    • Vicente Fox Quesada
  • 63. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Author
    • J.K. Rowling
  • 64. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Governor
    • Arnold
    • Schwarzenegger
  • 65. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Race Car Driver
    • Al Unser, Jr.
  • 66. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Financier
    • Donald Trump
  • 67. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Actor / Comedian
    • Robin Williams
  • 68. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • All types of responses
  • 69. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Some form letters too …
  • 70. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Good words from the Battle Creek Enquirer
  • 71. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Kalamazoo Gazette
  • 72. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
  • 73. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Future Project Recommendations
    • Mail new request letter to specific non-respondents
    • Add more people to the solicitation list
    • Include local people of influence – mayors, police, fire, and business
    • Include teacher “words of wisdom” at end of school year
  • 74. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Thank you for allowing me to share this project with you!!
  • 75. “ WORDS OF WISDOM” PROJECT
    • Closing Thoughts:
    • “ Good words are worth much…and cost little” George Herbert
    • Welsh Poet 1593 - 1633
    • “ Short words are best - and the old words, when short, are best of all.”
    • Winston Churchill
    • British Prime Minister 1874 - 1965

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