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On April 2nd, 2006, I appeared on the A-Channel (the main TV channel in my home town of London, Ontario) program, "Life and Faith". It is an excellent 10 minute interview regarding my church's week long mission trip to Mississippi to help rebuild after the hurricanes. This interview gives you an excellent idea of what I do in the community and how I can translate my experiences into powerful stories and motivating insight. Reverend John Bannerman joins me in the interview and I thank Doug Croden and Anchor Video for providing this interview segment. Enjoy!
"June 1, 1989. Midnight MOGA at Andy's high school"
In Andy's leadership programs, he often references a national school spirit contest called the MOGA. The "Most Outrageous Group Activity" was sponsored by the Government and Fitness Canada and featured judges from these groups and the Much Music TV station. With his great friend Stu Saunders, Andy organized his school's (Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary in London) MOGA in 1988 and 1989. In 1988, their "Aqua MOGA" placed 4th in Canada!
In 1989, Laurier was crowned the Most Spirited school in Canada when their Midnight MOGA was named champion!
The first few minutes chronicles the hilarious and fun afternoon pep rally that promoted the evening event. This is the example of the perfect pep rally: Sports stars leading cheers, music people singing a song, rappers rapping, cool class clowns doing a skit (poking fun at our rival Catholic School, RMC)senior students showing dance moves (for the dance that night), and a rock band playing Ghostbusters. All cliques and groups in the school were represented in the pep rally! No wonder over 80% of the school came out that night!
Next, see how this high school was transformed into a Haunted House! First watch the official poster child of the Children's Miracle Network Telethon, with her family and local media, be the first to walk through.
Next, laugh as the students take their turn to go through. Almost 1200 of 1400 students showed up! The screams you hear are genuine! It was dark, foggy in parts, and we had surprises hidden everywhere!
After you went through the haunted halls, they end up a massive dance. The "Monster Mash Bash" featured the entire group doing an aerobic dance to the song the Monster Mash.
Andy talks about "Making Care Contagious" and improving school spirit because he had the privilege of leading a school that was incredibly successful in caring and spirit. Let Andy's insights help your school's leaders "Get their Care ... out THERE!"
Andy Thibodeau -Motivating Since 1992