Harlingen schools excited about new year

HARLINGEN — “Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover,” sang the “homeless man” as he danced about the stage, dreadlocks shaking above his headband, plastic ear protectors hugging his head.

It was evident to everyone the man must be totally out of it. I mean, who dashes onto the stage in a long white turban and performs this nutty jig, oblivious to the entire school district watching.

Adolph Brown, that’s who. Adolph Brown — award-winning author, speaker, former middle school teacher and consultant.

Brown was the guest speaker yesterday at the Harlingen school district’s annual “Kickoff” to herald the new school year. The Kickoff at the Performing Arts Center, 3217 Wilson Road, was held at 8 a.m. and again at 1 p.m.

The event included performances by bands and orchestras from different schools. Various speakers welcomed the new school year, including School Board President Gerry Fleuriet and Superintendent Art Cavazos.

Faculty and administrators from every school in the district filled the auditorium.

Shane Strubhart, school district spokesman, said the district holds the kickoff to welcome in each school year.

“It’s to get everybody pumped and excited,” he said.

People who attended the kickoff were impressed by Browns’ performance.

“The speaker was really good,” said Matthew Garcia, a sophomore. “The way he spoke was exquisite.”

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