Using a Hula Hoop,
Retro Bill teaches children
“what goes around comes around.”
Retro Bill takes the town by storm!
by SUSIE FAIR
Jim Carrey, step aside. There’s a new dude on
the scene that’s changing the lives of children everywhere and he’s
about to give you a run for your money.
Part comedian, part actor, Retro Bill made an
appearance in Rockford, Michigan last week to promote safety and
self-esteem at Valley View and Crestwood Elementary schools. As for
he laid out $250,000 of his own money to produce an Award-Winning,
anti-drug and safety video which he donated to the nation’s D.A.R.E.
program. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education)
A blast from the past right out of the 1950’s,
Retro Bill’s live performances are as inspirational as they are energetic,
with a few antics tossed in to keep the crowd on their toes.
“Big hair and all, Retro Bill captured the
students’ attention right from the start with Elvis Presley music playing
as they entered the gym,” said Valley View Principal, Bob Siegel, who was
surprised by an unexpected spray of Silly String.
Siegel felt, “This Hollywood resident shared some
very important messages with the children in an engaging fashion, with
props and an athletic flair.”
Retro Bill spoke on being yourself and following
your dreams, by sharing a personal story- of how when he was a little boy
in Illinois, he dreamed of doing exactly what he’s doing now - traveling
the country, encouraging kids to make the right choices.
Retro Bill talked about working hard at school to
get ahead in life, which he illustrated with a Hula Hoop and the familiar
phrase, “what goes around comes around.” He also talked about how treating
others well would help each of them move forward and that bullying moves
“From my perspective, Retro Bill’s message hit a
chord with our kids because of his approach… fun, mixed with a serious
tone about life skills,” added Siegel.
Comments from fourth graders in Mrs. Helsen’s class
attest to that:
“The assembly was great and Retro Bill was
“I like Retro Bill because he’s funny and he
taught us about safety.”
“Retro Bill is very cool because he told us how to
dreams and not do drugs.”
“Retro Bill is a great role model. Seeing
him was a great experience!”
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