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Dan Goes Back to Junior High

I had the wonderful experience in speaking to an advanced class of 7th graders at Sheffield Middle School and their wonderful teachers, Eric Ruble & Michelle Gehring.

I, on occasion have been concerned about the quality of our education today and our students ability to learn and retain.

Please read 5 of the many letters I received from this great class. Their retention of my talk on Cleveland’s Millionaire’s Row was exciting to me in that my talk was given almost on the last day of school in a classroom that was at least 85 degrees.

May I say, what a treat. Our future is alive and well. What a great group of young people. My hat goes off to each and every one of you.Dear Mr. Ruminski,

Thank you for coming in and spending your time speaking to us. The stories were very interesting to hear! I enjoyed hearing about all the things you knew. I especially enjoyed hearing about the people, mainly because influential people was my topic. It was interesting to compare all the things I found and read about, to what you told us.

Again, thank you for coming in.

Sincerely, Miranda

Dear Mr. Ruminski,

Thank you for spending your time to help us better understand Cleveland History. I admire your ability to get up in front of any crowd and speak so fluently, especially without any sort of notes. I’ve taken your words into consideration and I’m searching for something I feel passionate about. You are a very lucky man to get paid to do something you love. Being a storyteller seems very interesting because where you go, what you hear, and the people you meet.

I really appreciated you coming to my class, for your performance was excellent. Even after you were done talking, you still had more to offer. I found the information you had to give on the Drury’s especially interesting. How Rockefeller made them so wealthy, how they had an enemy family, and how Mrs. Drury was rarely photographed. Yet, you still had a photo of her.

Again, I would like to thank you for coming to my class and making a hot and boring day interesting. I’d also like to let you know that I used some of the information you provided in my report so I’m probably going to get a little more points than I would’ve without you.

Sincerely, Gage

Dear Mr. Ruminski,

Thank you for coming in and speaking to my classmates and me. I appreciate anything firsthand, stories and history alike. The fact that you enjoy what you do makes it all the better. It’s great when people love what they do, and better when they get to do it often.

I enjoyed hearing your Millionaire’s Row stories, and you seemed to know all of them as if you heard them yesterday. I was amazed at the Drury Mansion stories. I’d never be able to stay in my house for 6 months. Again, I just want to say thank you for speaking to us, it was very interesting.

Sincerely, Jacob

Dear Mr. Ruminski,

Thank you for being a guest speaker at Sheffield Middle School. We all greatly appreciated the interesting information you had on Cleveland. I especially enjoyed your information on John D. Rockefeller. I was shocked at how much information you had that was not able to be found or looked up in books. It was great to learn about things that were not folklore, from a reliable source.

Sincerely, Christina

Dear Mr. Ruminski,

Thank you Mr. Ruminski for coming to my school, Sheffield Middle School yesterday on May 31st, 2011. You gave a great speech on Cleveland. Listening to you talk, inspired me. You have such great passion for what you do. The things you said were very interesting and eye opening.

I enjoyed learning about everything but I mostly liked your stories. You’re a great storyteller and a great man who has done great things. I hope to meet you again someday. You are very smart and successful. I hope to be like you one day.

Thank you, Sincerely, Danielle

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