"I've Got Your Back"
Reggie Dabbs Visits North Lenoir
By Garrett Yarbrough and the Journal Crew
These words reverberated throughout the gym after Mr. Dabbs encouraged everyone to turn to one another and offer support through thick and thin. He told us that reaching out for help could mean the difference between hope and despair. Reggie relayed his memory of one of his “babies.” He reached out for a girl in a crowded audience, and her forearm revealed a history that painted a vivid picture of self harm and pain. Reggie comforted this troubled teen and continues to help so many others with his caring words. As he quoted from his book, Reggie:
“I don’t have to know your name to know your pain. I have my own. I don’t have to see your home to know your shame. I have my own. But someone loved me just the way I am, and someone loves you just the way you are.”
Speaker Reggie Dabbs travels across the US from school to school in an effort to motivate students to strive for success. He teaches young adults that morals are important, and that they themselves are important too. He uses memories of his complicated childhood to say that life gets better, as long as students strive to make the best of their situation. Mr. Dabbs brought these pearls of wisdom to North Lenoir on September 18th and wowed the students and staff in an amazing and informative presentation. Reginald Dabbs also thrilled the whole student body with his saxophone prowess. His affinity for playing the works of Bruno Mars reflected his message that we are all amazing… just the way we are.
S.O.A.R. with P.B.I.S.
S = Strive for Excellence
O = Offer Peer Support
A = Achieve Success
R = Respect Yourself and Others