Testimonial: Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School

Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School 207 Hart Street Taunton, Massachusetts 02780-3715 January 23, 2015 Dear Mr. Barnes: We were honored to have you join us at the Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School speaking to the sophomore class regarding decision making and drugs and alcohol. In our cafeteria with over 300 students, you kept students mesmerized for one hour. You connected with the students with your message and your enthusiastic and energetic presentation. The students felt that you were talking with them and not at them by the positive comments that were collected. We felt that your presentation had a positive and influential effect on our students. I would recommend your presentation unequivocally. Thank you, Pia Fortin Health Coordinator


Testimonial: Carver Middle High School

Carver Middle High School 60 S. Meadown Road Carver, Mass 02330 January 14, 2015 To whom it may concern; This year we have had the pleasure of having Mr. Rich Barnes address the students of Carver Middle High school on two separate occasions. He spoke first with our middle school students grades 6-8 in the fall and then we gladly welcomed him back most recently to speak with our high school students grade 9-12. In both presentations, Mr. Barnes was well spoken with a clear message about substance abuse. Students were actively engaged throughout his presentation and really connected with his personal testimony leaving our students inspired and empowered. In fact, a number of our students contacted Mr. Barnes directly through his website to personally share the impact his story and presentation made on them and our school. We were also very impressed at Mr. Barnes ability to gear his […]


Testimonial: Randolph High School

Yesterday, November 20, 2014, we had the wonderful opportunity of having Rich Barnes speak to our entire high school at one assembly. Mr. Barnes was excellent. You could hear a pin drop in the audience. The students were listening intently throughout the whole talk and at times even applauded him at certain points during his speech when he mentioned something that he did that was very courageous and positive regarding his difficult journey. Mr. Barnes was very real, honest and relatable to the students. He told his story with complete candor and truthfulness. He wanted to let the students know how he had wasted 28 years of his life because of his addiction to alcohol and drugs. He spoke about how his addiction negatively impacted his relationship with his wife, his daughter and others in his life. Rich Barnes tried to help the students see how he had once been […]


Testimonial: West Bridgewater Middle/Senior High School

November 14, 2014 To Whom It May Concern: It is my pleasure to write the letter for Rich Barnes who came to speak to our students at West Bridgewater Middle/Senior High School on two separate occasions during the Fall of 2014.  Rich came in September to speak to the students in grades 10-12 and in October to speak to our students in grades 7-9.  Each audience was approximately 300+ students and he kept them engaged and interested for over an hour each time he spoke. Rich did a great job telling the students about his story of addiction to drugs and alcohol and how these struggles changed his life.  His words were moving, sincere, honest and meaningful and you could tell he spoke from the heart.  Although he spoke to two different age groups of students I thought he did a nice job tailoring his talk to each group. I […]


Testimonial: Holbrook Junior-Senior High School

May 8, 2014 To Whom It May Concern: Every year around prom season we try to bring in a guest speaker to talk with our upperclassmen about the dangers of alcohol and drugs. This year, we were fortunate enough to have Rich Barnes address the students from the point of view of a recovering addict which is a perspective that most of them had not heard before. His presentation was both informative and thought provoking. Our students identified that they were captivated by the story Mr. Barnes shared and they were grateful for the opportunity to ask questions when he finished his presentation. As an administrator, I was especially pleased with the way Mr. Barnes carried himself and interacted with the students. He was careful to stress that good decision making is the key to being successful and that seeking help is the best way to overcome difficult situations in […]


Testimonial: East Bridgewater Junior-Senior High School

April 2014, It is with pleasure I write this letter of recommendation on behal of Mr. Richard Barnes. Mr. Barnes has spoken twice at East Bridgewater Junior Senior High School; one to our 7th and 8th graders and one to 11th and 12th graders. His story about struggles with addiction was real and students of all ages could relate to it. I would recommend him without reservation. Sincerely, Paul D. Vieira Principal East Bridgewater Junior/Senior High School


Testimonial: Holbrook Junior Senior High School

January 24, 2014 To Whom It May Concern: On January 24, 2014, Mr. Rich Barnes spoke to our junior high school students in an honest, straightforward but age appropriate manner. The students were absolutely captivated along with all of the adults that heard Rich speak about his personal battle with drugs and alcohol. Rich is an excellent speaker that tells a very compelling story about drug use, abuse and eventual recovery. His presentation is message driven and continually connects back to his theme of good decision making, seeking out help when needed and honesty. Rich his passionate, genuine and motivated about warning and preventing children from becoming involved with drugs. I strongly recommend Rich as a speaker to middle and high school students about the perils of drug use. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Sincerely Vincent Hayward Principal HJSHS 781-815-1615


Testimonial: Whitman-Hanson Regional High School

On April 12, 2012, I had the opportunity to host Mr. Rich Barnes as a guest speaker for my grant-funded high school program for at-risk students as a family dinner for students, parents, and staff members.  Mr. Barnes shares his personal story about his lifelong struggle with drug and alcohol abuse.  As someone who has been clean for a number of years, Mr. Barnes is able to describe the effects his addiction had on his life, including in relationships with family and lost opportunities. Mr. Barnes effectively delivers his story in a straightforward and honest manner, drawing in the audience with emphasis on key points and utilizing a structure of repetition that helps commit the theme to memory.   He was well received, and in the entire time Mr. Barnes was speaking, students, staff and parents alike were thoughtfully listening – he was able to capture and hold the attention of […]