years ago, I wrote you a letter, expressing
my delight and enthusiasm for a new program
that I was spearheading for the public schools
in Hillsborough County, Florida. It is called
"Project I CAN," and is based on the
"I CAN" curriculum created by motivational
trainer Zig Ziglar, and implemented through
your expert instruction.
is truly one of life's sweetest blessings when
you can set a goal and see it being realized.
So is the case with "Project I CAN."
Needless to say, we are not looking for "end"
results. This is a project in progress.
would, however, like to share with you some
of our experiences to date.
The business community has truly "bought
into" investing in our youth. They realize
that it is truly a win win situation. If our
kids are exposed to building their lives on
a solid moral foundation, if they are shown
how to set and achieve goals, if they realize
the importance of relationships, they make much
better employees or employers! Through job mentoring,
job shadowing, in kind donations and $300,000
in cash donations, over the past 10 years, the
business community annually see their return
on their investment, at our annual recognition
dinner where students from the "I CAN"
program stand up and witness what "I CAN"
has meant to them.
To date, 4,000 students have experienced "Project
I CAN." We continue to see improved school
spirit, renewed enthusiasm for teaching, and
an overall "I CAN" attitude among
teachers and students alike.
We have established scholarship funds and have
awarded 11 scholarships to date. This enables
these students a full 4 year scholarship, providing
they stay in school, stay crime free, drug free
and maintain good grades.
you can see that when Hillsborough County adopted
the "I CAN" philosophy, we proved
"We Can" do it!
will be forever grateful for your guidance,
inspiration, and help making "I CAN"
a reality for our kids.