JUNCTION CITY, KAN. – Geary County Schools USD 475 hosts a General Session for employees annually to mark the beginning of a new school year. This year, on August 11, 2017, the keynote speaker for General Session will be Manny Scott (one of the original “Freedom Writers”). There will also be an unprecedented appearance and speaking engagement before General Session which will be open to the public. This public presentation will be held at Junction City Middle School, 700 Wildcat Lane, at 7:30 AM and is free for those that choose to attend.
“When I was fourteen, I dropped out of high school. I was sitting on a park bench. Helpless, hurting, and hopeless, I was thinking about doing something that would have gotten me incarcerated or killed. The ending of my story seemed certain. But a total stranger sat down next to me, and inspired me to take a path in life down which very few people travel. From that moment, I began writing a new chapter in my life. And that has made all the difference.” His previous school performance landed Manny at the back of Erin Gruwell’s English class—a group now known worldwide as the original Freedom Writers and portrayed in the movie starring Hilary Swank. The former dropout now holds degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and Trinity International University. He is working on his doctorate in Chicago. His appearances have energized members of the Department of Education, the National Education Association and hundreds of organizations and schools worldwide. He has appeared on Nightline and The View.
Scott’s story captivates students, educators and business leaders alike, leaving in his wake a sea of individuals ready to turn the page and write a new chapter themselves. Learn more at mannyscott.com.
All media requests to include interest in interviews with Mr. Scott should be forwarded to the USD 475 Communications Department no later than Wednesday, August 9, 2017. For additional information, contact Matt Droge at 785-717-4066.