Melissa and Chip Dayton
Helping students understand the power of their value and influence
"My students were very impacted by your presentation in a deep, profound way. It really opened a lot of emotions for them,and they felt very comfortable to express these feelings in my class immediately following the assembly. I think the most important aspect of what you do is allowing students to feel like they can express themselves based on the fact that there are other students going through the same things they are.
My students talked about what you presented, they cried, they hugged each other, and we took some time to write in our journals with music playing in the background. What I would like to do is have two or three students write to you and explain their feelings and the impacts you have made upon them. It would not do justice for me to relay this to you, and further, it is not my story to tell. Please accept my deepest gratitude for the gift in have given my students."
Students | High School
"The assembly today changed the way I look at things. I have contemplated suicide for three years and I just go through depression where I don't want to talk to anyone. I used to think that the world would be better off without me but then I heard that 'I can not be replaced'.
I know that there is only one me but I just thought that why would anyone care if I was gone. The assembly today changed me and wearing the bracelet makes me feel stronger I hope one day I can make someone else feel strong like the way the assembly and this bracelet has done for me. Thank you"
High School Student
Student | Jr. High
"I would like to start off by saying, what you are doing is amazing and that it is such an honor to have heard about your program. When we left the auditorium today, I saw the look on people's faces and how they looked like they have changed.
I have received numerous emails when I got home from school asking what the website was and where to purchase the bracelets. I was shocked on how effective your assembly was today. When people saw you setting up the equipment this morning, they moaned and said that it was going to be another boring bullying assembly. When they left that room, they had learned that they can do something and that this is no ordinary bullying assembly.
This was an amazing, inspiring, and beautiful program that I give a million thanks to."
Jr High Student
"You Can NOT Be Replaced is an exceptional school assembly that addresses many important and challenging aspects of teenage life, such as the expression of feelings, general mental health, suicide, bullying, and drug/alcohol use. The program easily captures the attention of students through personal stories, interactive games, and a connection through "Jersey culture".
Many students have reported that You Can NOT Be Replaced is the best school program that they have viewed during their high school years. A key component of the program is that the students are able to leave with a clear and concrete message through the distribution of wristbands.
You Can NOT Be Replaced has the ability to promote positive school climate, increase acts of kindness among the school community, and improve the chance of students making healthy decisions in their personal lives - all through the simple concept of the irreplaceable value of each individual." -