February 23, 2012
Dear Posner Park Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Fiat:
One of my favorite nonfiction books is Same Kind of Different as Me written by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. With each turn of a page, a heartfelt story is revealed about how the paths of two strangers crossed to find friendship despite the challenges that filled their lives.
Having obvious physical differences that could have kept them from discovering how full their lives could be, they chose instead to embrace the diversity of the human spirit and cherish each other's friendship. Together they have influenced lives across the country through their work in the mission field. Ronnie Bachman reminds me of that same fortitude and compassion as he shares his testimony to youth in need of positive role models and the meaning of true tolerance.
Recently, our school accepted an invitation to have Ronnie Bachman speak to our students about tolerance, relationships and the meaning of a full life. His visit had an immeasurable impact on our students. From tears to laughter, our students and staff listened to his every word, cheered and chanted, and laughed at his many humorous comments. At the conclusion of the assembly, the gym was filled with students wanting Mr. Bachman's autograph. Seeing the students' excitement and desire to get more time with him, he suggested that he return the following day to spend more time with them. His sacrifice of time was a self-less act that we will always remember.
We are so grateful to your organization for providing us with the opportunity to have Mr. Bachman share his message with our students and staff. It was a pleasure working with Andra Frazier to coordinate the presentation arrangements and to follow up with her afterwards. Mr. Bachman's message left everyone with the clear message that all wanted to "Walk This Way"; the way that leads to living with integrity.
Cathy L. Carver
Polk Pre-Collegiate Academy
Berkley Accelerated Middle School
5316 Berkley Road
Auburndale, FL 33823
Posner Park CDJR is proud to sponsor Ronnie Bachman and his "Walk This Way" Tour. Coming to the Polk County area in February, we are currently accepting applications from local area schools who wish to participate in this powerful presentation. With the message focusing on tolerance, diversity, and anti-bullying, this tour has become a "must-see" event. The presentation is offered at no cost to local schools, however the schedule is limited.
Bachman knows how it feels to be bullied. Born with a severe birth defect, the speaker's legs were amputated at four-years-old. His message is one of tolerance, diversity and anti-bullying. Bachman reaches out to victims of bullying and the victims' tormentors.
A documentary film about his life was released in 1998 and started his career speaking to young people throughout Michigan, the United States, and Canada. Representatives are currently discussing the possibility of a reality show about Bachman with television networks.
Bachman aims his speeches at middle school and 9th grade students. The tour is presented by Posner Park CDJR and therefore comes at no charge to your school. Schools interested in the tour may contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
For more information about Ronnie Bachman, visit his website at RonnieBachman.com