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District Hosts The Power of Inclusion

Longwood Schools Hosts Community Youth Empowerment Program “Power of Inclusion”
Posted on 09/30/2018
Longwood Schools Hosts Community Youth Empowerment Program “Power of Inclusion”On Monday, September 24, 2018, Longwood Schools, in partnership with the Middle Island Teacher’s Association, held the Second Annual Community Connection program, The Power of Inclusion, with special guest and motivational speaker Rohan Murphy.  

Mr. Murphy, a nationally recognized youth speaker that has spoken in over 40 states, visited with students at the junior high school earlier in the day to talk about overcoming life’s obstacles.  Rohan, who was born with deformed legs, spoke about how he overcame challenges in his own life – from accomplishing regular activities like grocery shopping to realizing his dream of becoming an excellent athlete and a graduate of an Ivy League school.

Rohan told students that they should never give up and said, “I want all of you to chase your dreams no matter how far away they may seem. Think about not having legs. I will not have one easy day in my life, but if I can overcome this, why can’t you? What is stopping you? Outline your life in pencil, not pen and don’t be afraid to fail.”

During the evening presentation of the Community Connection event, Mr. Murphy spoke with members of the community sharing stories about his life and experiences.  Immediately following the discussion, attendees enjoyed a community BBQ, live music, and visited with school district clubs, and wellness resources. 

Photo l-r: Ruby Pritchard of Faith Baptist Church, Junior High School Principal Adam Dewitt, social workers Maureen Beatrice and Darlene Dorcinvil, and LOTE teacher Regina Casale thank motivational speaker Rohan Murphy (center) for sharing his inspiring story.

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