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Kindness changes the brain by the experience of kindness. Children and adolescents do not learn kindness by only thinking about it and talking about it. Kindness is best learned by feeling it so that they can reproduce it.

-Patty O’Grady, Phd.page1


Click HERE for a copy of our program guide and pricing information.

Book a date for Rich Specht to come to your school or organization and share his family’s story about how kindness changed their world in the wake of tragedy.  His presentation will inspire your students/staff to go out and actively change the world themselves!

  • Rich’s program will not only inspire your students, it will challenge them to actively participate in kind acts.
  • Studies show that children who are actively engaged in the act of kindness are less likely to bully. (LINK)
  • All students and staff will be given a Cultivate Kindness “Pay it Forward Card” or a Cultivate Kindness “Seed of kindness card” that serve as a tangible reminder of how they can spread kindness to others.

Here is what some of Rees’ Pieces had to say about Mr. Specht’s presentation:

Words will never be able to express the extent of my gratitude felt upon hearing your presentation.  Thank you for reminding me of the true meaning of selflessness and continuing to inspire me to leave a positive impact on the heart of society.”

-Seema (Stony Brook University)

Thank you for sharing your story and for showing our children how they can make the world a better place.”


-Marianne L (Jericho Elementary School)      

Your presentation brought tears to my eyes but joy to my heart.  It was truly a privilege to have heard your story… Thank you for bringing true hope back into my heart.”

-Caterina P. (Suffolk Community College)


Wow, what a great thing for students to hear and do.  I had great expectations and my expectations were blown away.”


– Erika B. (HDV Coordinator SUNY S.B.)


…this organization is truly inspirational. I’ve now seen you speak twice at Driftwood Day Camp as a staff member, and they have both been incredible. Keep doing exactly what you do!”

-Jamie G. (Counselor Driftwood Day Camp)

 As an educator I have sat through my share of workshops/presentations.  Your presentation was, by far, the most moving and enjoyable I have ever witnessed.  Thank you!”

-Jenna S. (Pt. Washington Children’s Center)

For more information including rates, program descriptions, and/or information about the foundation click HERE.  If you wish to book a show, please email  or call us at 631-353-9924.  You may also contact us using the form below.  

About Mr. Specht:

headshot2RICH SPECHT is a father of four who holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Mary Washington and a master’s degree in liberal studies from Stony Brook University.  Prior to embarking on his career as a public speaker and advocate for kindness, Rich was a science teacher for 15 years at Great Hollow Middle School, in Nesconset, New York.  In addition to his speaking, Rich is also the published author of the award winning children’s book  A Little Rees Specht Cultivates Kindness.  Rich and his wife, Samantha, are the co-founders of the ReesSpecht Life Foundation which they formed in the wake of the loss of their only son, Richard Edwin-Ehmer (Rees) Specht at 22 months old.  The acts of kindness that the family received after Rees’ passing inspired them to “pay forward” that kindness; which the foundation does in the form of scholarships for High School seniors who demonstrate a commitment to their community, compassion and respect, as well as the distribution of almost a quarter of a million ReesSpecht Life “pay it forward” cards.  The themes and characters from Rich’s book(s) are currently slated to become an animated children’s television series produced by Safier Entertainment.  The book and television adaptations of A Little Rees Specht Cultivates Kindness represents the culmination of Rich’s goal to help make this world a little better, one Rees’ piece at a time.  Rich currently resides in Sound Beach, New York with his wife, Samantha, daughters, Abigail, Lorilei and Melina as well as his angel above, Rees.

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