Dear Mr. and Mrs. Clousing,I just wanted to say a few things about the presentation. I was really touched by your story and how every item we received had a meaning. After school that day I was on the bus holding the poem. I came home put it on the counter and got straight to homework. My mom came home later that night and read the poem. It touched herso much because her father past as well. She was holding the poem for awhile. I knew she was thinking about it. I don’t think she ever felt like that towards something I got from school. Thank you for it because I think she really needed that “okay” to go on and feel like herself once again.
Dear Mr. and. Mrs. Clousing,Thank you for coming into our class yesterday to speak about Keenan. I can’t imagine how hard it would be to stand up in front of a class of high schoolers and talk about something so close to your heart. But it was worth it because on Tuesday you impacted so many kids lives. I myself, learned a lot, and will remember everything you said. I think it’s really cool that you have so many adopted kids. I have a younger sister adopted from China. I just wanted to thank you for all the time you put into helping others, and changing lives, it really means a lot to everyone. Alsothank you for the t-shirt, key, and bracelet. I wear the bracelet, and I have the key on my backpack. I think it’s a really good reminder to know that you have the power to open and close doors, not only with drugs and alcohol, but with everything else. I saw a quote somewhere that said “If God shuts a door, stop banging on it. Trust that whatever is behind it is not meant for you.” based off of the verse Revelation 3:7 (“What He opens, no one can close; and what He closes, no one can open.”). God opens doors, but He also closes them, you just have to trust Him. I think that those are really powerful quotes/verses because it means that sometimes God says yes to things, and sometimes He says no, but everything still happens for a reason even though it might not seem like it at first.
I like that you guys came and talked to us about your son Because you told me things I never knew about and made me realize I don’t wanna do drugs. Coming to talk to our grade was a good choice because most kids in our grade start off there freshmen year and we need some encouragement to know what to do and not to do when you we’re telling us everything I was felt bad because you lost your son and you went through hard times dealing with him.
-Rachel Bednar, Principal of Edison Middle School (Wheaton, IL)
"The ONEGOALONEHOPE assemblies have been excellent for our 8th graders. In the spring of each year, 8th grade students' excitement and anxiety about their transition to high school starts to grow. It is the perfect time to have a group of high school role models come to the middle school and talk about how to have the best high school experience possible. The high schoolers share their tips on how to get involved and make good decisions in order to avoid some of the distractions and pitfalls that will inevitably present themselves. High school staff and members of the police and fire departments share their tips for success as well. The students leave the assembly more excited but a lot less anxious, knowing they will have support of upperclassmen and many adults to help them through their high school years. "
Jon Pilkington, Principal of Hubble Middle School (Wheaton, IL)
"The Clousings have transformed a family tragedy into a message of hope for our 8th-grade students. The One Goal One Hope message is relevant, timely and impacting to students at a critical time in their lives."
I think that the presentation really caught my attention, I truly believe that everybody was listening and that is a very hard thing to make a bunch of Highschool freshman to pay attention. But I believe that this very easy to listen to. It was emotional, inspiring, and important. I thought about the presentation the rest of the day, how important it is to open the right door. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to share your sons story and your story.
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Clousing,I would just like to thank both of you for sharing the story of your family and your son. Although I haven’t been through anything like that I can’t even begin to imagine how horrible that experience must have been. The fact that you chose to speak up about drug use and overdose is amazing because you took a horrible thing and turned it into a lesson. The way you taught the lesson and expressed his story was very powerful, as well. The one thing that sticks to me is when you mentioned the quote of how you have to accept what you can’t change, but change what you can, and know the difference between the two. I don’t remember exactly how the quote was phrased but it really stuck with me. Thank you for doing what you do, you really are making a difference in so many people’s lives.
Dear Hope Wins,Thank you for sharing your sons story with us. It was very inspirational and something that I can refer back to if I am ever in a bad situations. I loved the analogy you made with the key and how we get to make our own choices. Taking your sons terrible situation and turning it into an organization that helps many students is very inspiring so thank you.
Im really grateful that you came in yesterday to share your sons story. I can onlyimagine how hard it must have been to lose a person so close to you and you arereally brave to share this story to everyone. I learned that people who do drugsdon't just effect themselves but the people close to them. I learned that it canmake a person more depressed than they already are. That it can effect anyone nomatter who you are. I plan to stay away from drugs and hopefully stop others fromusing them.
Clousing family,Thank you for coming to our school! I really enjoyed your presentation and I will always remember it. Your speech has allowed me to look at things a different way and I will always be reminded of your words during difficult times in my future life. I know you have all been through a lot and I hope life only becomes easier. I am fortunate not to have to deal with drug related problems, but I know these problems may still occur, even when least expected. I hope you realize your speech has helped myself and so many others.Thank you again for your time and your story.
Dear, Clousings (Hope Win)Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to come speak to classes. Thepresentation was very lovely, deep and sad, it showed why heroin is bad for a person or any type of drug really. Whatever you do rather it’s wrong or right, you are opening another door in your future or on your path. It must be really hard to lose someone very close to you but yet learn so much from it even though he already sadly passed, he teaches so many teens or kids that not to open a door to drugs to rather close it and keep it close so you don’t have to face it. I just want to say that you changed many teens minds by speaking about this tough situation and I wish you the best and to stay strong.From a student that you inspired