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Courage to Speak Foundation Invited to Points of Light Institute Tribute in Washington, DCWatch Monday Night on NBC at 8:00 pm EST!Points of Light Invitation Dear Friends: Larry and I were honored to be invited guests to this extraordinary event. On March 21, 2011 the Points of Light Institute hosted this special evening at the Opera House, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in Washington, DC. All Together Now: A Celebration of Service honored President and Mrs. George H. W. Bush for their leadership in founding and advancing the modern-day service movement. President George H. W. Bush envisioned a “thousand points of light” – a constellation of change agents that make our communities work. We were unable to attend as I had 3 presentations scheduled to speak to students and parents at Centereach High School in Long Island, NY on that day. I gave our invitations to Anna Boero, a 5th grade teacher at an inner city Washington, DC school, who was thrilled to attend and represent the Courage to Speak® Foundation. Anna currently teaches the Courage to Speak Drug Prevention Curriculum, based on my book Sunny’s Story, to her students.


Joining President Bush were Honorary Chairman President Bill Clinton, President James E. Carter, Jr. and President George W. Bush. The event also featured musical performances by Jon Bon Jovi, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Matthew Morrison, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood and many others. The event will be aired on Monday, March 28 on NBC at 8 pm EST, and I hope you can watch.


Here is what Anna had to say:


“We had a wonderful time Monday night – it was such a beautiful evening. It was very inspirational to hear the stories of people who have made such a huge impact on the communities around them. The concert and speeches were incredible. What stood out to me was when Clinton spoke of his unlikely friendship with George H. W. Bush. Former presidents who once ran against each other now consider each other friends. Clinton emphasized the importance of the volunteer work they participated in together and how it belittled their differences. It is amazing what common goals people can have when they stop staring at their differences.
Throughout the presentation I was thinking of how Courage to Speak Foundation came into existence. Your story sounded so much like others highlighted, It started out with you and Larry speaking the truth about Ian’s death, trying to educate parents and children on the dangers of drugs. And today, you have a children’s book, full-blown movement of parenting classes and school curriculum. So many of these organizations started out so small with nothing but a desire to change something no matter how small. Now just like Courage to Speak Foundation they are powerful movements influencing others.
Even though I am already a teacher working with kids all day, after Monday night I felt like I could be doing more. Thank you again for the invitation and this wonderful opportunity, I was proud to be representing The Courage to Speak Foundation.”
-Anna Boero, 5th Grade Teacher at Browne Educational Campus
An excerpt from the evening’s program:
Points of Light Program


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