He is proud of their maturity and poise as they lead by example and positively reflect the tenets of his program and what he has taught over the years they have been martial arts students. Thomas: "We were delighted in having your participation on the show and the crew you brought with you put the icing on the cake." The program will be aired in December 2017 and a You Tube link will be provided. Our many participants enjoyed a pleasant walk led by newly-elected Bladensburg Mayor Takisha James and her husband, former mayor Walter James, as well as First Daughter, Imani James.
Seemangal taped a program about bullying prevention and basic self-defense for DCTV's "The Veronica Harris Show," based in Washington, DC. Thomas was interviewed at length and his students provided demonstrations and also provided comments about their experiences with We Lead By Example, Inc./Tae Kwon Do Ramblers Self-Defense Systems. Thomas very much appreciates this opportunity to speak about his program and to highlight his students.
Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford sent "his best wishes for all and thanks everyone for their concerns and efforts in 'busting bullying'." Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker III sent his regards and wished us "an enjoyable event and continued success." Delegates Fennell and Tarlau surprised We Lead By Example, Inc./Tae Kwon Do Ramblers Self-Defense Systems with a Maryland General Assembly Official Citation "in recognition of their 2nd Annual Walk and Rally for National Bullying Prevention Month," signed by Senator Victor Ramirez and Delegates Fennell and Tarlau. Clifford Thomas received their Official Citation "in recognition of his outstanding work and dedication in the community against bullying." Ms.
They related their stories about bullying, particularly on the bus, and then acted out a skit that showed the consequences of being a follower, not a leader, when a person succumbs to peer pressure and gets in trouble. They participated in entertaining skits that underscored the need for families to have a secret code word that members can use to confirm who has been authorized to pick them up outside of the school building or in other locations.
The students were shown the value of working as a team and supporting one another, celebrating their differences instead of allowing them to cause division among themselves. Thomas worked with 10 teen girls ages 12 -17 at My Girlfriend's House, Inc. This program mentors at-risk girls and this workshop was convened for them to learn not only about bullying and how to prevent it, but focused on the bully within.
Other awardees who could not attend were President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe and Second Lady Jill Biden, Delegate Darryl Barnes, Anthony Brown, Robert Burton (ABC-7 News Anchor), Curtis Crutchfield (Prince George's Community Television), Leon Harris (ABC-7 News Anchor), Congressman Steny Hoyer, Bobby Jones (), Glenn Ivey, Jimm Rhee, and Delegate Carlo Sanchez.
First Lady Michelle Obama sent her regards and said she would "keep your [our] invitation should we be able to schedule a visit in the future." Congressman Steny Hoyer sent a video marking the Ramblers' second annual Walk and Rally for National Bullying Prevention Month on October 1, 2016. Thomas and We Lead By Example, Inc./Tae Kwon Do Ramblers Self-Defense Systems for giving him the Leading By Example Award for his outstanding dedication and leadership and for being a role model for the country and for today's youth. Thomas participated in Lewisdale Elementary School's 2016 Career Day on May 27.