Testimonial: Galvin Middle School

February 13, 2020 Dear Rich, I would like to thank you for presenting to Galvin Middle School this past January. Your story was very powerful. Your relatable personality allowed for your message about drug addiction and the road to recovery to be well received by all in attendance. You spoke to our middle school demographic and age group in a relevant, thought provoking manner. You really honed in on how behaviors had lifelong consequences and implications, and why making good decisions matters. Both students and

Testimonial: Galvin Middle School

Monday, Feb 10th, 2020 It gives me great pleasure to write this letter on behalf of our guest speaker, Mr. Richard Barnes. Richard visited our school last month to address a serious substance abuse crisis that continues to plague our youth while also sharing real work experiences. Richard discussed and shared personal pitfalls with over 300 students and members of staff. He supported many of us with the difficult task of having open discussion around the use of drugs and alcohol. Many of our students

Testimonial: Xaverian Middle School

October 30, 2018 Dear Rich, On behalf of our grade 8 students at Xaverian, I want to thank you for giving a heartfelt and captivating talk talk about the dangers of drug and alcohol use and why making good decisions matter so much in the lives of adolescents. Your willingness to share your personal story combined with a powerful and candid question and answer session, really helped our student’ better understand the challenged of a recovering addict – one who is willing to share his

Testimonial: Xaverian High School

September 26, 2018 We had the pleasure of having Mr. Richard Barnes speak to our sophomore and junior students during a school assembly today. For about 45 minutes, Rich passionately spoke about his struggle with substance abuse, his road to recovery, and the importance of making positive decisions. Through sharing personal stories and experiences, Rich was able to engage all of our students in a message that could literally save their lives. He was authentic, humble, and very honest about the lessons learned from his

Testimonial: Hurley Middle School

Dear Rich, On behalf of Hurley Middle School, we would like to thank you for sharing your story of substance abuse and recovery. Rich captivated students and staff for a little over an hour as he shared how a poor choice at ten years old led to a long destructive path. As he shared his personal story, he also provided student with valuable lessons. Rich referred to students as “miracles: and to never give up on their dreams, as well as the importance of always

Testimonial: Dare to Dream

For the last twenty five years I have had the opportunity of running the DARE to Dream Summer day Program in the communities of Wrentham, Plainville and Norfolk. Rich has been grateful to speak with our program for the past five years in a row with very positive results. The program is designed to in include alternative activities to include safety workshops, D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) lessons on Alternatives and Building Self Esteem. We had the opportunity in our grade eight program to have

Testimonial: Wareham High School

To¬†whom it may concern, Please accept this recommendation for Rich Barnes as a guest speaker in your school. I had Rich speak to our juniors and seniors in May 2018. Since this was his first time speaking at Wareham High School I stayed for the whole presentation. Needless to say I was very impressed with the way he connected with our students. He wasn’t preaching, his story was real and the students paid close attention throughout the presentation. Rich explained how he everything one would

Testimonial: Halifax Elementary School

On behalf of Halifax Elementary School’s sixth grade class of 2018, it is our pleasure to recommend Rich Barnes as a speaker on the topic of drug awareness and recovery. Rich gave an informative and moving presentation that captured the attention of all students. Rich shared the story of is addiction and recovery from substance abuse. With his honest and inspirational outlook on life, Rich discussed both his mistakes and his positive outlook for the future. We feel that this first -hand account of the

Testimonial: Wareham Middle School

It is my pleasures to share the experience of having Rich Barnes speak at Wareham Middle School. I discovered that Rich is passionate about sharing his message on a local Facebook page, and found him to be an incredible speaker on areas of recovery and life in general. After listening to several of his posted videos, I shared the idea of inviting him to come speak at our school with my grade members and administrators. Once we got his visit approved, he accepted without hesitation

Testimonial: Wareham Middle School, Principal

Dear Richard, I want to thank you for taking the time to speak to our 7th and 8th graders as part of the kick-off to Spirit Week. Your message of hope was inspiring and you could tell by the questions asked of you at the then of the presentation, it really resonated with them. I spoke to a number of teacher as well and they were deeply moved. We appreciate your willingness to communicate with me and the Dean of Students regularly prior to the