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Jackson Keller Celebrates "because I said I would Day"

Special guests and Principal Nicolai

Guests included David Chancellor, News 4 Sports Anchor and former Jackson Keller Student, Rita Hoyl, Castle Hills City Manager, Castle Hills Police Chief Wayne Davis, Daniel Velasquez, Mr. and Mrs. Velasquez, Pastor Dan Milford and Chad Bosse from Covenant Presbyterian Church in Castle Hills, and the members of the Castle Hills Woman’s Club.

Jackson Keller Elementary School students spent the morning of May 20 being inspired to be responsible and keep their promises. The school assembly was part of the schoolwide, "Because I Said I Would" campaign, which focuses on getting students to make and keep their goals, commitments and promises. The Castle Hills Woman's Club (CHWC) is serving as the school's community partner for the project. The school invited special guests to help motivate the students by reinforcing the core values of responsibility, honesty, respect, perserverance, compassion, and giving.

The Lee High School JROTC kicked off the event with the posting of the colors at the beginning of the ceremony. Daniel Velasquez, ISA Student and guest speaker, told the story of his childhood challenges. Velasquez expressed how doctors told him he would never walk. At that that point he made a promise to himself that he would work hard and accomplish his goal; because he said he would.


Student promises were showcased throughout the event including second grade student Wassan's promise to teach his little brother the alphabet and second grade student, Nick's promise to spend time with his family and not play
so many video games.

“I worked hard so that I could play sports and today I compete with the Paralympics as a sprinter," said Velasquez. "These are not just words but a commitment to myself.".

Teachers have also been inspired by the campaign. “I had my doubts about making promises that we couldn’t keep and how effective it would be in the classroom," said Janice Pundt, third grade teacher. "But we found that writing them down made all the difference. My class is making promises and keeping them, because they said they would.”

Entertainment was provided by the Jackson-Keller Mariachis, Spirit Club, and a Special Performance by Alyssa Chacon, third grade, as a Folklorico Dancer.

The day was made official by the Castle Hills Mayor, Bruce Smiley-Kaliff, as he proclaimed May 20, 2014, as the “Because I Said I Would Day.” The school made a promise to show respect by listening to others, using their hands for helping, caring about others feelings, and being responsible for what they say and do.

Because I said I would

The assembly was a wonderful way of culminating our promises throughout the year," said Anna Nicolai, principal at Jackson Keller. "It was a special time to bring the school together with our community to promote the promise of being a productive member of society."

Alex Sheen, Because I Said I Would Founder, sent a message via you tube to the students at the assembly. The students were excited that a message on you tube was showcased especially for them. They got to see their webpage on the background, including the local Castle Hills newspaper that Sheen displayed along with the special message.

"Because I Said I Would" is a social movement and nonprofit organization dedicated to bettering humanity through the power of a promise. It was started in September 2012 by Alex Sheen of Lakewood, Ohio, as a way to honor his father, who was known for always keeping his promises. To encourage positive change and acts of kindness, the organization sends “promise cards” anywhere in the world at no cost. People use these cards to remember the importance of their word, for promises both big and small



Posted on May 20, 2014