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Empower 1Self

Empower 1Self

Posted on 11/03/2020

Brentwood, N.Y. (November 2020)—Last week, Brentwood’s East Middle School SELebrated the completion of their first month of school with some help from multi-variety “edutainer,” Jamel C. Hudson. Through the combination of education and entertainment, Jamel’s assembly, Empower 1Self, is designed to support students through their academic achievement and social-emotional development by pushing them to continuously strive for excellence and encouraging them to believe in limitless possibilities for their present and future goals.


“Welcoming Jamel back each year, this year in particular, is an honor for our students and faculty alike. Given the current circumstances and challenges our students continue to face, we hope Jamel’s message resonates even greater than before and serves as a catalyst for increased productivity, innovation and most importantly self-empowerment,” said Mr. Richard Loeschner, superintendent of Brentwood Union Free School District. “Empowering our students to take charge of their learning and to understand that our staff are always there for them helps open doors in all directions. We are so proud of the strides our students and staff have made and continue to make this school year and are thankful that Jamel is part of it.”


As a local Long Islander and an annual visitor to Brentwood schools, Jamel captivated the students’ attention while tackling issues that were relevant to their in-school experience, honing in on the realities of their everyday lives. Jamel utilized musical performances to engage students, having them dance in place to the music and self-empowerment messaging.


To accommodate the district’s safety protocols and current instructional models, the live socially-distant assembly commenced in the gymnasium for in-person learners while students scheduled for asynchronous learning, and remote learners, had the opportunity to tune into a pre-recorded version.


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