‘ReesSpecht’ Helps Connetquot Cultivate Kindness


Students at Connetquot Elementary learned how to change the world by cultivating kindness, thanks to an inspirational assembly by author and performer Rich Specht of ReesSpecht Life.

Specht’s book, “A Little Rees Specht Cultivates Kindness,” was inspired by the outpouring of help his family received after losing his young son Rees, and the presentation engaged the youngsters by comparing spreading kindness to planting seeds, through song. The program was funded by East Islip’s For the Kids Foundation, which purchased an autographed copy of the book for each East Islip elementary school student.

“It was inspirational to see how Rich Specht made powerful connections to the students of Connetquot, through his words and songs, and the book he wrote,” said Connetquot Principal Deborah Smith. “When he asked the children how they could make the world a better place, they enthusiastically called out, ‘by spreading kindness!’ This was such a meaningful way to begin a new school year and motivate our students to be considerate and sensitive to their classmates. All of the elementary schools are so appreciative of the generous donation that was made by FTK. Kudos to an exemplary assembly and lesson on what matters most in life.”