Every now and then I am asked, “What else do you do?” I am a firm believer that you have to do more than just be a speaker/presenter so that you have stories to tell and life experiences to share.  While many speakers run their own companies, it is still critical to be actively involved in a business/organization to keep you on your toes about the challenges facing people within those types of environments.  If you are a lone wolf, it is hard to see reality even if you are an active reader and expect that to be your experience.

Outside of presenting on various topics, I also lead an organization called Schools And Families Engaged (S.A.F.E TEAM on Campus).  The  mission is to support family engagement and a safe-learning environment in every school so all students can achieve academic success.  In 1998, I simply volunteered at my son’s elementary school for one day and realized the value and need of my role and the role of other fathers and families in students’ lives.  While a school shooting tragedy started me volunteering on campus, my passion to improve school safety has  put me on a path I never expected to walk.

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As of  last week, I was published in Campus Safety magazine with an article titled, “Adopting Appropriate Policies for Screening Volunteers”.  The sad part is, we live in a different world than when I grew up and because of this, we must proceed with caution.  The one-liner I always share in regard to visitors and volunteers on school campuses is, “no one gets near our children unless we know who and why they are there.”   I don’t say this to scare anyone, but to impress upon them to be vigilant in regards to school safety.

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Please share the article with school and parent group leadership.  Start a S.A.F.E TEAM program in your student’s K-12 school.