Kids do better in school, academically and socially if they feel connected.
Today, an emmy award winning motivational speaker delivered that message to students and administrators in Southeast Kansas.
Education reporter Lisa Olliges learns about his message to student leaders about how they can change lives and their schools.
Mark Scharenbroich says, "You pretend you don't know me ill pretend I don't know you we can just meet.."
Students from across Southeast Kansas laugh at portrayals of kids their age. Emmy award winning speaker Mark Scharenbroich uses laughter to get these student leaders attention to his message..how to connect to their classmates so they become involved in school..
Scharenbroich says, "Its not just getting elected getting involved its what they can do to make the school a place more engaging for a wider range of students"
480 student leaders from 28 schools in Southeast Kansas were able to ask the expert for help..
Scharenbroich says in most schools, companies, even faith communities only 30 percent do the work while others watch.
Student leaders say it's a challenge..
Josh Beerbower (Uniontown High School) says, "Trying to encourage other people to try different things because its a small school we dont have a lot of diversified opinions its either you think this way or you don't."
Brandon Smith (PHS Jr. Class President) says, "Getting over the hill to where its not cool for them to do that stuff, but if they do get invovled with other things they like it , they start getting involved with other stuff like a snowball effect from there."
Pittsburg High School has ironman volleyball so guys can play and an upcoming film festival, so its not all about athletics. Scharenbroich says that's a great idea and says connecting doesn't have to cost money..
Scharenbroich says, "Getting people involved is a senior saying hello to a freshman why because a senior said hi to you and it meant something its teachers knowing kids names 3 or 4 days into school."@
Smith says, "Small like sitting with somebody at lunch that would help a ton and it will make somebodys life a lot better"
Sharenbroich says there are dramatic differences between middle school students and high school students, but he says when it comes to the impact they can have on others there's a resounding message thats true for all.
Sharenbroich says, "No matter what stage you are in life move freely, be involved with life reach out to other people and love a lot ,respect neighbor respect self and make good choices."
Scharenbroich's visit is part of the jostens leadership conference..
For more on his program called nice bike: making meaningful connections on the road of life..go to www.nicebike.com.