Keith Hawkins recently visited Main Street Intermediate School, where he shared a presentation and workshop with the fifth- and sixth-grade students.
Hawkins is a national youth speaker who addresses more than 400,000 students, educators, business owners and parents each year. He also has addressed the United Nations Global Summit, been interviewed by Time Magazine and has co-authored and been featured in books.
His mission is to help make the world a place where we understand and value all people by building meaningful relationships.
Hawkins' presentation is geared toward helping students at the middle-grade level, since these years are often the hardest transition in school for a student to make. He believes middle-grade students can be so wrapped up in image they forget what's on the inside, so he gears his presentation toward helping these students build character from within.
"When a person has character, they display kindness, integrity, honesty, commitment, respect, fairness, trustworthiness and responsibility," Hawkins said. "And when you look at a person like that from the outside, you want to be around them, and you want them to be part of your life."