Collaborative Effort Brings National Educator and Motivational Speaker To Freeport

Freeport, Illinois — Through a collaborative community effort, Dr. Steven Perry, a renowned educator and motivational speaker will be coming to the Jeannette Lloyd Theatre at Freeport Middle School at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 7.

Dr.StevenPerryDr. Perry’s message will be about revolutionizing education in America. His heart pumps passion as he speaks about producing change. He is one of the most talked about innovative speakers on the scene today. His message centers on the need to quickly help transform the rhetoric about how to improve the educational opportunities for all in the public school system. He believes “the success of life is determined by where you end, not where you start.” It is this philosophy that inspires him to help transform the lives of economically disadvantaged and minority children by providing them access to a college education.

Highland Community College’s Project Succeed program is just one of the partners to bring Dr. Perry to the community. Michelle Griggs, Academic Retention Coordinator for Project Succeed said, “As a parent, I pay close attention to school district statistics both locally and nationally. It is hoped that by bringing Dr. Perry to our community to speak about educational opportunities for all, we will offer up discussion that will help to motivate more individuals to foster change within our community that we both need and would like to see.”

Dr. Perry is principal of Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, CT, and an Education Contributor for CNN and MSNBC; an Essence magazine columnist; best-selling author of “Push Has Come to Shove: Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve — Even If It Means Picking a Fight.” He is also the host of the docudrama “Save My Son” on TV ONE.

The list of partners to bring Dr. Steven Perry to Freeport is Highland Community College and Project Succeed, Freeport School District 145, United Way of Northwest Illinois, Monroe Clinic, Freeport Housing Authority, FHN, St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, and Mt. Calvary Church of God in Christ. Also supporting the speaker is The Freeport Boys & Girls Club of Freeport and Stephenson County, Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, and Greater New Unity Church of God in Christ.

For more information contact Michelle Griggs at or call 815.599.3437.

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