Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Here is a letter our Outreach Director, Ken Tork, recieved from the 1st place he ever spoke
7:55 pm est
September 13, 2012
letter for Mr. Ken Tork
Dear Administrators and staff;
My name is Laurie Sison; I am a teacher in the Auburn WA school district.
I want to tell you about the situation surrounding Mr. Tork and how he came to my
classroom to speak to my 6th grade students in May 2009 about the dangers of the ‘choking game.’
Mr. Tork is an instructor at my son’s karate school. When his son passed away
from the ‘choking game’ I had gotten information that told me of this sad event but I didn’t know Mr. Tork
at that time. Shortly after Mr. Tork’s son Kevin had passed away, Mr. Tork and his family made a decision to propel
the message about the negative effects of the choking game on his son and other children. Mr. Tork made every effort to offer
a presentation to teachers and others who are concerned about their children or students attempting the ‘choking game.’
I contacted Mr. Tork after seeking permission and having it granted for a presentation
in my classroom.
Mr. Tork came to my classroom and spoke to the
60 students that I taught at that time. The presentation that he provided was thorough, thoughtful and moving. It made an
impact on 100% of my students. To this day, my students who are now 8th grade students speak about the impact that
the presentation made on them. They have also shown the message to other students; which is further evidence that Mr. Tork
made a positive impact on many children. These students are in the tenth grade now and still remember the
presentation and speak highly of Mr. Tork to this day.
What I have learned about Mr. Tork after the presentation is even more striking and
wonderful than what I knew prior. Mr. Tork works hard to build a sense of understanding with the students he presents to.
He uses humor, love and kindness and it works.
I am incredibly proud
of the dedication that the Tork Family has to making sure that no other family loses their child to this ‘game.’
I would highly recommend that any school that wants to approach this topic make every
effort to seek out Mr. Tork and provide students the opportunity to witness the incredible dangers that the ‘choking
game’ encompasses from a father who delivers the message in a way that students WILL understand.
Please feel free to contact
E Sison MAEd.
Native American Academic Intervention Specialist
Olympic Middle School
(253) 876-7767-home phone