Bring the “Stand Up and Choose! Tour” to your school!

Before launching MaryMotivates, LLC, Mary Dreliszak had blazed a trail through four states to deliver assemblies to more than 150,000 high school students for a non-profit. Now, she’s bringing her own motivational presentation into middle and high schools.

With messages that are anti-drug, anti-bullAG Audienceying, and life-affirming, this high energy, interactive and multi-media presentation inspires middle and high school students to make positive choices – and to respect themselves and others. The assembly, developed with input from schools, social service agencies and law enforcement, features two videos co-produced by Mary and Paul Ruggieri, a 30-time Emmy award winning video-photojournalist.

Serving as the host, Mary engages students and gives an empowering message on bullying. Joining her are Lauren Gross, a behavioral health professional, speaking on coping and confidence; Daynelle Sanner, chair of the Love Life Foundation in memory of Jarrett Hutton, sharing inspirational art and messages of hope; recent high school grads After assemblyand video actors, Justice Greer and Sarah Schimansky, telling how they gained a healthier perspective of themselves and changed their response to bullying; Mary Sampey, courageously sharing the story of her sister’s heroin overdose death and encouraging students to seek counseling support for emotional issues; and 23 year-old, Ethan Keedy, delivering his powerful and personal story of rising above his father’s suicide to make positive choices in his life.

Mary’s high energy, interactive approach – along with her co-presenters – create an unforgettable experience. Are you ready to create a culture of respect at your school and impact the lives of students? Contact us to book Stand Up and Choose! Tour today!

Here's what they're saying...

I know the stories truly impacted everyone in that room...thank you all for reminding us to respect and Love Life.

Ms. Monyak, teacher

Connellsville Area Middle School

I've never seen a program like this one! What you did for us and showed us, is amazing.


Middle School Student


I thought the assembly was the best one yet. It taught me that even though I have a hard life, I'm not the only one.


Middle School Student


I thought your assembly was very emotional and informative. I appreciated the (speakers) sharing their stories with the entire school. That took a lot of courage.


Middle School Student

The assembly was so heart-touching, wonderful and inspirational. The work you must have put in must be tremendous. It was appreciated dearly by not only myself, but everyone else too.


Middle School Stuent


I'm starting to talk to my parents and starting to make good decisions in my life. I am really glad that I went to school that day because if I didn't, I would have missed the assembly.


Middle School Student

While searching for a meaningful yet engaging assembly for our student body we found Mary. Mary and her team did a great job engaging our students and delivering a powerful message. It was a pleasure to have her in our school.

Mr. Charles Michael, principal

Connellsville Area Middle School


It made me appreciate life more. I've learned you should keep your eyes on your goal, no matter what people do or say...the assembly was phenomenal. It taught me so many things.


Middle School Student

You and your crew set up such a positive and powerful message for all of us. How (they were) able to share their stories about how they had once been lost in life and how they have overcome their dark situations amazes me.


Middle School Student

What a great and amazing assembly! I have never seen our students so engaged and attentive!!

Jamie Bielecki-Quinn, guidance counselor

Connellsville Area Middle School

The assembly you have organized for our school was very inspirational...More people need to hear these stories.


Middle School Student

Thank you for organizing the program for our school. It was the best program this year.


Middle School Student

I loved the assembly...I loved the video...I learned to speak up for people that get bullied.


Middle School Student

I personally loved your program. I enjoyed all the films that were shown and the stories that were told. This changed me by allowing me to realize not to take wrong paths and to think about how others would feel.


Middle School Student

The presentation changed me because it taught me that if you are dealing with something, it’s better if you talk about it with someone.


Middle School Student

I am very appreciative of you for teaching us so many lessons....Now, every time I leave a family member I make sure they know I love them.


Middle School Student


I learned that I shouldn’t let things build up inside of me and not let them out. The presentation changed the way I think about what happens to me and about drugs. Thank you for such an informative program.


Middle School Student

The lesson I learned was to love life…and live life to the fullest.


Middle School Student

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