“The Blind Side” Star Quinton Aaron
TKA welcomed actor Quinton Aaron, from the movie The Blind Side, to a special assembly for secondary students on Friday, November 13th. Mr. Aaron shared his personal story of being bullied as a child and how he overcame and used his past challenges to shape him into the man he is today. He encouraged students to know who they are and where they want to go in life and to not give hurtful words any power over them. At the close of the assembly Mr. Aaron took the time to shake hands or hug each student personally.
“Mr. Aaron was very encouraging and had such a positive attitude. He inspired me to be a better person,” said senior Katie Krigbaum.
“The fact that Mr. Aaron is using his platform as a successful actor to give back to others and make a difference really impacted me. He also took the time to meet each student personally and give them a hug. That spoke volumes,” said senior Chris Catoe.
“Mr Aaron made me realize it is more important to care about others than about myself. If I notice someone being bullied, or who is lonely and feels left out, I will reach out and do something about it,” commented 6th grade student Yvette Chamoun.
Mr. Aaron now tours the country representing his foundation, The Quinton Aaron Foundation, to raise awareness about bullying and personally interact with students, parents, and teachers. He is passionate about curbing it both in schools and online. The Quinton Aaron Foundation was established in 2012 to help develop a “Standard of Excellence” for students with a desire to strive for a higher level of achievement, personally, academically, socially, communally, athletically, and eventually professionally.