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Poland Student and Guest Speaker Team Up to Deliver a Powerful Message to Students
(Right) Aiden Thompson, eighth grade students at PMS, (Center) Chaz Kellum, guest speaker, and (Left) Mike Masucci, Principal at Poland Union
“I live life to the fullest, I want to live, laugh, love and leave a legacy, and I leave my legacy by living life to my fullest each and every day,” said Chaz Kellem.
Chaz was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a bone disease. He uses a wheelchair to get around, but hasn’t let a wheelchair stop him in anyway. He worked with the Pittsburgh Pirates for 10 years, also worked in the non-profit industry, and currently works at the University of Pittsburgh in the area of volunteerism and service.
“I’m here to engage in conversation with the students to encourage them, to inspire them, motivate them to overcome any fear that they might have, any hesitations they might have, and just hoping to use my words to really help them understand disability and helping them understand their true talents and what they can do for a community,” said Chaz Kellem.
Chaz spoke to K-2 students at Poland Union. He asked students questions and shared some of his interests with students. Chaz loves basketball, and shot some hoops for students. Poland Middle School student and basketball player, Aiden Thomposon, helped with the rebounds. Aiden also shot some hoops. Together, Chaz and Aiden showed students what makes them unique. Aiden was born without a leg. He too hasn’t let his disability stop him from doing what he loves.
“I have been through a lot of pain with sports. It doesn’t really stop me, I love doing what I’m doing and just keep going,” said Thompson.
Chaz and Aiden reminded students to be kind to one another and to never give up.