Fallon’s impact on students

During the presentations Dr. Mykee Fallon gave on May 29th and 30th he inspired and spoke to students and community members about many topics about life relating to things ranging from discrimination to the legacy a person leaves for a community and how that impacts a lot of people.

During the presentations Dr. Mykee Fallon gave on May 29th and 30th he inspired and spoke to students and community members about many topics about life relating to things ranging from discrimination to the legacy a person leaves for a community and how that impacts a lot of people.

The 1920’s poem “Still Here” by Langston Hughes may have been written in the 1920’s but the message clearly was not restricted to the time period. This is evident when Dr. Mykee Fallon opened his presentation with different variations of the poem through characters.

During the presentation Fallon sent numerous messages to students, teachers, and other members of the community through different metaphors and stories. Through these messages, Fallon addressed the issues of bullying, emotional pain, “masks” and the concept of cherishing one’s current life.

“Dr. Mykee’s presentation was definitely moving because it touched on every aspect of all that is going on around here and our class needs to take away the lessons [Fallon talked about]. It impacted me because we need to do things to help and not just sit around,” Bennett Davis (9) said.

Through the presentation many students were inspired for change. Homeroom led by seniors last Thursday addressed the issues Fallon talked about on Monday. Homerooms focused on how Fallon’s messages related to Oakwood and the different grades.

“I’m not sure if it will really change the school since we’ve experienced it [Fallon’s speech] once and maybe some [students] will try to be more understanding and kind but that could eventually wear off but I was definitely moved by the speech,” Alex Fester (10) said.

Students took the values Fallon presented differently depending on the dynamics of every class and other factors that would change the opinion of students.

“I think it [our school and class] will change because he presented well and I really think students will start being nicer and less quick to judge knowing that everyone has issues and is different,” Mookie Pohlman (9) said.

Many students took the positive and inspiring messages from Fallon and got a new perspective of the things he talked about and focused on.

“I thought it was very inspiring,” Hannah McKinnon (9) said, “and I think the school as a whole will have a more positive attitude and people will think before they say things.”

By: Sarah Penix

penix.sarah@oakwoodschools.org

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