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GERI MARIANO, INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER > NOTES FROM KIDS

 
 

"You taught our class an important lesson — to embrace your differences...Thank you for a much better time than learning fractions."
J., Wampus Elementary School, Armonk, New York

"I think you are an AMAZING role model and great person! It was good for our class to meet someone who is not the same on the outside but has the same (if not bigger) heart than everyone else."
M., Wampus Elementary School, Armonk, New York

"Geri, you have set a big goal for me. That goal is don't judge someone by the way they look."
D., Wampus Elementary School, Armonk, New York

"I think you're great the way you are. Like you said, everyone is different."
L., West Bridgewater, MA

"When you were talking, I learned that you didn't have problems and that you were just born like that. I hope you had fun coming to our school. It was awesome."
J., West Bridgewater, MA

"I like how you love to figure things out. I like to figure things out too."
C., West Bridgewater, MA

"Since you live in New York, you probably see a lot of people rushing to work. It must be amazing seeing different things everyday. Your life has been pretty exciting."
M., West Bridgewater, MA

"Thank you for telling us about your adventurous life. It was one of the best stories I ever heard!"
A., Challenger 7 Elementary School, Cocoa, FL

"You have touched many lives, and I'm sure you will keep doing it from here on! I now realize that people with disabilities are just like me."
A., Challenger 7 Elementary School, Cocoa, FL

"I've learned that disabled people (like yourself) don't need to be treated different just because they look different. I've also learned that people with disabilities aren't lonely or sad, but they are actually very happy with their life even though it's different than others. But I say it's okay to be different. It shows that you're not afraid to do extraordinary things."
R., Challenger 7 Elementary School, Cocoa, FL

"I have ADHD so I've been made fun of a lot too and it hurts. But I can't imagine the things you've had to go through. Thanks for coming to talk to us."
K., Madison Elementary School, Muscatine, Iowa

"I will never forget what you said — that everyone is not the same. I learned a lot from you."
I., Madison Elementary School, Muscatine, Iowa

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"I think you left a handprint on each and every child and teacher's heart."
R., Lawrence Woodmere Academy, Woodmere, NY

"I truly believe you are beautiful, inside and out. I am very fortunate to have shared this day with you."
V., Lawrence Woodmere Academy, Woodmere, NY

"If you saw me crying, I wasn't crying because I was sad. I was crying because you now give me the power to do anything I put my mind to."
D., Lawrence Woodmere Academy, Woodmere, NY

"Thank you so much for coming to our school. I've never been so inspired. You really do teach kids that you can do anything, even if you're handicapped. You made me feel great and I thank you for that."
E., Lawrence Woodmere Academy, Woodmere, NY


"Keep your head up and keep fighting Geri. Hopefully you can tell your story to others and you can change them like you changed me."
E., North Rockland High School

"Hey, thank you so much for coming to NRHS. You are truly an inspiring individual and I was so touched by your presentation. You showed me and many other people how to overcome the obstacles we face in life. You motivated me to not only look at the flaws we have within ourselves but to try and look past that and just make the best of what we have. Your speech affected me in such a positive way."
M., North Rockland High School

"I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to tell us your story today [at NRHS]. I really admire your confidence. I think that a lot people can relate to feeling different, even though it's not always in the same way. It's great that you are encouraging kids to embrace their differences and accept them as qualities that make them unique and wonderful rather than something to be ashamed of."
N., North Rockland High School

"Thanks Geri for coming to NRHS, you've given confidence, bravery, and strength a whole new meaning. After that great presentation I came out of the auditorium with a whole new mindset on life. Don't forget about us. Please come back and dance with us again!"
M., North Rockland High School

"Geri's presentation opened my eyes to the troubles of people who are physically disadvantaged. Hearing how she persevered through being different and even going to college inspired me to persevere. She was so optimistic about her life, and it really was cool. Geri really is amazing and how she has lived her life is inspiring."
S., Blind Brook High School (Grade 12), Rye Brook, NY

"I love that Geri doesn't want to be labeled by her disability and how she just wants to be called 'Geri.' This teaches [that] everyone is equal despite their physical or mental differences. Some may find interacting with a disabled person to be awkward or challenging, but after seeing Geri, you learn that disabled people are just like everyone else and that it is unfair to treat them differently."
K., Blind Brook High School (Grade 12), Rye Brook, NY

"I think Geri should come and speak with our whole school and show kids that the sky is the limit."
R., Blind Brook High School (Grade 12), Rye Brook, NY

"While most school assemblies consist of being lectured [to], Geri Mariano's presentation was intimate and informative. Regardless of her handicap, Geri is not defined by her stature. I enjoyed learning about her childhood while passing around baby pictures; her anecdotes served as small reminders that, aside from her uniquely incredible achievements, Mariano's life is essentially just like ours."
S., Blind Brook High School (Grade 12), Rye Brook, NY

"I'm sure Geri's speech made me and many others think about how we view each other and the choices we make in life, and how they affect the people that we love and care about."
M., Blind Brook High School (Grade 12), Rye Brook, NY

"Dear Geri, I thought it took a lot of courage for you to share your story with a bunch of strangers and I am grateful that you did."
C., Blind Brook High School (Grade 12), Rye Brook, NY

"Even though what you were talking about was a difficult topic, you managed to tell us a story with just the right balance of facts and emotions."
J., Blind Brook High School (Grade 12), Rye Brook, NY

"As soon as you meet Geri, her sense of humor and kindness shine through."
B., Blind Brook High School (Grade 12), Rye Brook, NY

"She might be small in height, but she definitely is big in strengths and an inspiration to the people she shares her experiences with."
S., Blind Brook High School (Grade 12), Rye Brook, NY

 
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