In January, Gladbrook Reinbeck High School welcomed motivational speaker, Ron Glodoski to the auditorium for an hour long, inspirational discussion. Glodoski surprised the entire student body by announcing he is a recovered user and was once the leader of a drug dealing gang in Milwaukee, Wis. He told his story, mentioning his abusive childhood, the fear he faced and the challenges put in front of him every day. Glodoski decided to turn his life around after a 20 year criminal life and has since become a businessman, motivational speaker, volunteer counselor and author of the book titled, How to Be a Successful Criminal: The Real Deal on Crime, Drugs and Easy Money.
Throughout Glodoski's inspirational talk, he informed G-R students of the negative effects of drugs and alcohol. He also encouraged students to treat others with respect at all times. Whether young people want to believe it or not, what you say about others can hurt and truly affects how they feel about themselves.
Shortly after Glodoski's visit, I asked students at G-R what they thought about Glodoski's motivational message. These are the responses I received:
"He was inspirational and he taught us that just because you come from nothing doesn't mean you can't be successful." - JT
"He was interesting." - BS
"The way he showed us statistics made me realize how negatively drugs and alcohol affect so many lives." - SO
"It made me think about my actions." - KH
"I thought it was really good and influential." - EG
"It made me rethink how I treat some people." - SS
"He was an interesting guy and very inspirational." - KR
"The speaker was full of energy and stressed good topics about drugs and alcohol." - ES
"I thought his message was good and it got a lot of peoples' attention." - JR
We wish him the best as he continues to help and motivate others to make better decisions for both themselves and society.