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‘Blind Side’ star coming to Gering
October 14, 2016 Jerry Purvis   

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Quinton Aaron, who starred opposite Sandra Bullock in the true story movie “The Blind Side,” is coming to Gering the week of October 17 to talk about the problem of bullying and the impact it has on schools and communities.

Aaron starred as Michael Oher, who plays a highly prized left tackle for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and keeps defenders from attacking the quarterbacks blindside.

Quinton Aaron also has appeared in numerous television programs and started the Quinton Aaron Foundation to offer hope and encouragement to children battling the damaging effects of bullying. It was a local connection that brings him to Gering.

Jeremy and Jen Rechsteiner started the local ECD (Educate, Communicate, Dedicate) Foundation last fall with a mission to educate people about the effects of bullying and ending the problem.

“We have two young boys in the Gering school system,” Jen Rechsteiner said. “Through interactions with the schools we realized the need for further education about the devastating effects of bullying. Our goal is to raise awareness and provide resources for children, schools and the community to combat bullying.”

Once they got through the paperwork of establishing a foundation, Jeremy Rechsteiner remembered an old friend. “My friend from high school is now the senior director for the Quinton Aaron Foundation,” he said. “They were phenomenal with their support because our goals parallel each other.”

Aaron will speak with Gering and Scottsbluff students on October 18 and 19, although those events aren’t open to the public. On October 21, he’ll speak with students in the Leyton schools.

On October 18, from 6-8 p.m., Aaron will be at the Brannan Bounce and Skate World at 775 Crescent Drive in Gering. Tickets are $15, and will be available at the door.

He also plans to attend a meet and greet on October 20 from 6-9 p.m. at the Scotts Bluff Country Club. Tickets are available by calling 308-633-0390.

On October 22, Aaron will be at the Valley Bowl Fun Center at 1702 17th Ave. in Scottsbluff from 6-9 p.m. It’s open to the public and tickets are $15.

“We plan to make this an annual event in October,” Jeremy Rechsteiner said. “We’ve had great support from the public just from social media.”

Jen Rechsteiner said Aaron was a victim of bullying himself. “He’s most famous as an actor, but I’m overwhelmed with excitement to hear his message, and I hope the children and adults will really listen to him and take something home.”

For more information, visit the foundation at www.ecdfoundation.org.
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