Testimonial: Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School

Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School 207 Hart Street Taunton, Massachusetts 02780-3715 January 23, 2015 Dear Mr. Barnes: We were honored to have you join us at the Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School speaking to the sophomore class regarding decision making and drugs and alcohol. In our cafeteria with over 300 students, you kept students mesmerized for one hour. You connected with the students with your message and your enthusiastic and energetic presentation. The students felt that you were talking with them and not at them by the positive comments that were collected. We felt that your presentation had a positive and influential effect on our students. I would recommend your presentation unequivocally. Thank you, Pia Fortin Health Coordinator


Testimonial: Carver Middle High School

Carver Middle High School 60 S. Meadown Road Carver, Mass 02330 January 14, 2015 To whom it may concern; This year we have had the pleasure of having Mr. Rich Barnes address the students of Carver Middle High school on two separate occasions. He spoke first with our middle school students grades 6-8 in the fall and then we gladly welcomed him back most recently to speak with our high school students grade 9-12. In both presentations, Mr. Barnes was well spoken with a clear message about substance abuse. Students were actively engaged throughout his presentation and really connected with his personal testimony leaving our students inspired and empowered. In fact, a number of our students contacted Mr. Barnes directly through his website to personally share the impact his story and presentation made on them and our school. We were also very impressed at Mr. Barnes ability to gear his […]


Testimonial: Randolph High School

Yesterday, November 20, 2014, we had the wonderful opportunity of having Rich Barnes speak to our entire high school at one assembly. Mr. Barnes was excellent. You could hear a pin drop in the audience. The students were listening intently throughout the whole talk and at times even applauded him at certain points during his speech when he mentioned something that he did that was very courageous and positive regarding his difficult journey. Mr. Barnes was very real, honest and relatable to the students. He told his story with complete candor and truthfulness. He wanted to let the students know how he had wasted 28 years of his life because of his addiction to alcohol and drugs. He spoke about how his addiction negatively impacted his relationship with his wife, his daughter and others in his life. Rich Barnes tried to help the students see how he had once been […]


Testimonial: Brockton Public Schools

October 15, 2014 This is a letter of recommendation for Rich Barnes, a motivational speaker who visited our school on October 2, 2014. Mr. Barnes arrived promptly and spoke to, and with, our students for approximately one hour on the topic of alcohol and drug abuse. He spoke at length about his own struggle with the disease of addiction, using his personal story of recovery to illustrate the dangers of drug use in a meaningful and engaging way. Our students found his story interesting and were very comfortable asking Mr. Barnes about his experiences, and he patiently answered their questions. I would definitely recommend Mr. Barnes as a visitor to any school on this topic. Sincerely, Susan M. England Assistant Principal


Testimonial: West Bridgewater Middle/Senior High School

November 14, 2014 To Whom It May Concern: It is my pleasure to write the letter for Rich Barnes who came to speak to our students at West Bridgewater Middle/Senior High School on two separate occasions during the Fall of 2014.  Rich came in September to speak to the students in grades 10-12 and in October to speak to our students in grades 7-9.  Each audience was approximately 300+ students and he kept them engaged and interested for over an hour each time he spoke. Rich did a great job telling the students about his story of addiction to drugs and alcohol and how these struggles changed his life.  His words were moving, sincere, honest and meaningful and you could tell he spoke from the heart.  Although he spoke to two different age groups of students I thought he did a nice job tailoring his talk to each group. I […]


Testimonial: Portsmouth Middle School

To Whom It May Concern: I am pleased to write this letter of recommendation for Richard Barnes.  Richard spoke to our 7th and 8th graders this year about his trials and tribulations dealing with this addictions and have found his story to efficient and effective. Richard captivated these youngsters and made a difference in their thinking.  He was respectful and diligent in his talk. I have no hesitation in recommending the services of Richard Barnes, and we will certainly be calling on him again as the need arises.  Please feel free to contact me regarding this recommendation if required. Best Regards, Erica C. Sousa 6th and 8th Grade Guidance


Testimonial: DARE to Dream

To Whom It May Concern: For the last twenty two years I have had the opportunity of running the DARE to Dream Summer Day Program in the communities of Wrentham, Plainville, and Norfolk. The program is designed to include alternative activities to reinforce teh concept that we can all have fun while staying drug free. Some activities include safety workshops, D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) lessons on Alternatives and Building Self Esteem. We had the opportunity in our grade eight program to have Rich Barnes, a recovering addict, speak to our students on his personal struggles with drugs and alcohol. Mr. Barnes presentation was captivating to our students on so many levels. Rich spoke about this drug use and abuse and eventually recovery. I truly admired the message tha twas delivered. her stressed how important it is to make good choices and decision in your life an to pursue help […]


Testimonial: Jacqui Delano

May 31, 2012 To Whom It May Concern, On March 31, 2012, I attended a three-hour seminar at Bristol Plymouth Regional Technical High School entitled “Journey Through alcohol Abuse.”  During this seminar, Richard Barnes openly discussed his year of alcohol and drug addition and hi successful, although difficult, recovery.  As an 8th Grade teacher and, most importantly, mother of a 17 year-old-son, I strongly recommend Mr. Barnes as a speaker to middle and high school students.  I would feel very comfortable having my son, as well as my students, attend a presentation give by Mr. Barnes.  I believe that young adults will be able to connect with his openness and down-to-earth speaking style. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions at


Testimonial: Old Rochester Regional Junior High School

May 29, 2014 Rich Barnes shared his personal story about addiction and recovery with our staff and entire student body.  His sincerity and candor wre evident to all  Students though he was “brutally hoest” and that they know peers “who needed to hear that message”.  I agree. Sincerly, Kevin T. Brogioli Principal Old Rochester Regional Jr. High School


Testimonial: East Bridgewater Junior Senior High School

To Whom it May Concern: During the 2013-2014 school year Rich Barnes spoke to the 7th and 8th grade students at East Bridgewater Jr./Sr. High School. The presentation focused on Mr. Barnes 25 year struggle with drugs and alcohol and his long road to recovery. This presentation was captivating for all in attendance, and the message that is delivered is critical for all young people to hear. I strongly recommend this presentation for all students. IF you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Sincerely, Adam Dackers, Assistant Principal Grades 7 and 8