“What’s in your backpack?” Event

TAL has arranged for a showing of the motivational video, “What’s in Your Backpack?”

    • Date: Wed., Dec 7th.
    • Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
    • Location: Farmington Hills Main Library – 12 Mile Road
    • Attire: Pajamas!!
    • Who should attend:  All ages

A description of the film:

John Bytheway has been presenting assemblies in high schools, junior high schools and even elementary schools for over a decade. He was recently invited to speak at the National Association of Student Councils convention where he received a standing ovation. Finally, this presentation has been recorded on DVD.

John says that “we can’t change the trail we have in life, but we can make the hike easier if we change what’s in our pack.” He also persuasively explains that “it’s better to be respected than it is to be popular, because popularity ends on yearbook day, but respect lasts forever.”

John also gives a “just say ‘no’ to drugs” message which is both hilarious and profound while retelling his experience of donating a kidney to his older brother.

Lastly, John gives a plug to the “three R’s”, reading, writing and arithmetic, and warns against spending too much time with the big “R,” the remote!

You’ll laugh, you’ll learn, and you’ll love “What’s in Your Backpack?”

A review of the film from a parent who watched it:

“John Bytheway’s entrancing story-telling ability and his gift of relating to teenagers made watching this DVD feel …like an entertaining mini-movie. John offers some great messages to lift you up and say to yourself, ‘Duh, why can’t I totally see that, like, it’s so easy!’ I was drawn in by the humor and found myself laughing out loud at his impersonations of teenagers. This DVD was filmed at a high school assembly and…his message is universal and wonderful. Teens and parents-of-teens (and everyone else that has ever been a teenager) must watch this!”

We plan to provide popcorn and hot chocolate as well, and make it a winter party for TAL.  Hope to see you there!


About pcooper94

Research Director, figure skating mom, and enthusiastic advocate for Gifted education.
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