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Bladen County Schools educator addresses East Columbus JROTC Military Ball


Dr. Renee Steele, Bladen County Schools educator, was an inspirational speaker at the East Columbus High School JROTC Military Ball last month. Dr. Steele’s message incorporated their ball theme, “Fairy Tale.”

She shared an analogy of the Three Little Pigs and how it relates to life. Dr. Steele told the cadets not to take short cuts in life like the first two pigs. Steele informed the cadets they needed to build a strong foundation in life by practicing delayed gratification and making the hard choices like the third little pig in the story. She concluded her message by stating that the big bad wolf will always show up to deter their dreams. Dr. Steele said that the big bad wolf can be fear, a setback, a disappointment or a distraction.

She encouraged the cadets by telling them anyone who is successful will have distractions in life but they must persevere despite the “big bad wolf.” Dr. Steele told the cadets that it is easy to be on top of the world when everything is going your way but the true character of a person is revealed when they are knocked down and get back up again.

Dr. Steele said, “I enjoy speaking to young people and sharing the message of hope and overcoming obstacles.” You never know what words of encouragement or inspiration will do for a person said Dr. Steele.

Dr. Steele said she is available to speak at youth events in the community or surrounding areas. You may contact her

The East Columbus JROTC program is under the leadership of Dr. Ophelia Munn-Goins.

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