I just--I fell in love with these kids. And I didn't want to see them fall victim to the system. So I made 'em a promise. I told them if they graduated from high school, I would pay for their college education. I have made some empty promises in my life but, hands down that was the most generous.
Now, I can't pay for your college. But you don't have to go to class, to be in class. Online classes are a viable option to a traditional college experience. [unzips suitcase] And the best way to access those courses is with your own personal laptop. Which is rendered useless, without batteries. And I have one for each of you.
The principal told me that ninety percent of Scott's Tots are on track to graduate and that's thirty-five percent higher than the rest of the school. I think that if you hadn't made that promise a lot of them would've dropped out, which is something to think about, I think.
Wow, uh... I am never going to forget today. Not a chance. I don't think I could ever give back to you what you have given me today. Who here has done something stupid in their lives? Like skipped out on study hall or mix up the difference between A gym and B gym, that sort of thing. Show of hands, anybody? Yes! A bunch of you. Well me too, I have done something stupid. Which I would like to share. Um--
[school bell rings]
Should we go?
No, no, we're okay. It's a double period.
Ah. Alright. I came here today because I promised you tuition. And tuition is very valuable. But, you know what's invaluable? Is intuition. You know what that is? That is the ability to know when something is about to happen. Does anybody out there have intution? And know what's going to happen, next? Nobody? Ok. You're gonna make me say it. Alright. I am so proud of all of you. Derrick, and Lefevre. And, and Ben and Ianna and Mikyla. And Nikki and Jason and... Sorry I'm sort of spacing on your name...
I'm Zyan. I'm Mikyla's younger brother.
Well Zyan I am not going to be paying for your tuition.
[sportive laughter from the room]
Which brings me to my main point. And that is that I will not be able to pay for anybody's tuition. I'm so sorry.
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