“Good old-fashioned character development” is the message Dr. Hal Urban will bring to Toledo during a free program hosted by The Knight Academy charter school on Nov. 4.
The school, for boys and girls in fifth through eighth grades, invited the renowned speaker and education to speak to students, parents, teacher and interested community members at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at Gladieux Meadows, 4480 Heatherdowns Blvd.
Tom Baker, executive director of The Knight Academy, said Urban is well-known in academic circles as “the guru of character development” and the school wanted to offer this program to the public because the development of strong character in young people is one of the biggest challenges facing parents and educations.
“He really has a special gift for bringing out the best in our youth, and just think it’s a great opportunity for us to to capitalize on what he has been able to build over the years,” Baker said. “My concern is that we are getting generation after generation that are losing our core values in terms of how we behave and how we should have some good work ethics … He’s wonderful, humorous, he’s been around for several years so he has a lot of stories, and he really knows what works.”
Baker said Urban will also speak to The Knight Academy students during the school day and to teachers from across Toledo in an afternoon session on Nov. 4 before the program open to the public that evening.
The program is free, but reservations are required. Contact The Knight Academy at (419) 720-4444 by Nov. 4 for reservations.