I've Been Thinking . . . The Power to Heal

Tim Shriver's mentions Ponaganset in his Commencement Speech
Posted on 05/30/2018

I’ve Been Thinking … The Power to Heal


This essay by Timothy Shriver was adapted from a recent speech he gave at Mount Sinai’s 2018 Icahn School of Medicine commencement. Below is what Tim Shriver says about Ponaganset.

"And if you want role models of healing outside your own wonderful mentors and professors, meet the young people of Ponaganset High School. To counter the bullying and tension in their school, the students launched a campaign to change the way every student in the school feels about one another. Their goal: a place where every student feels inspiration and belonging. Their campaign came to be defined by a new pledge now taken by every student. It reads, “As a member of the Ponaganset family, I pledge to look for the lonely, the isolated, the left out, the challenged and the bullied. I pledge to overcome the fear of difference and replace it with the power of inclusion. I CHOOSE TO INCLUDE!” Notice, these young patriots aren’t dividing; they’re uniting. And they’re not just pledging to accept whoever shows up—they’re going out to find people and beat fear and bring them in."

To listen to Tim Shriver's speech, click here. (approx. 11:00 minute mark)

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