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South Valley Riverton Journal

Local Schools Win Free Assembly

Nov 06, 2014 07:16AM ● By Sherry Smith
Billed as a “Las Vegas quality and family-friendly” assembly, three local schools recently won the entertaining antics of Jason Hewlett free of charge.

Hewlett provides a G-Rated one-man show in the form of music, impersonations and motivational messages. He has performed more than 2,000 shows for more than a million audience members. Hewlett normally performs for Fortune 500 companies, but held a contest on Facebook, donating a free assembly to a school in Utah with the most comments on his page. 

Herriman High won the contest with more than 800 comments. Not wishing to leave other local schools out, Hewlett picked Copper Mountain Middle School and Butterfield Elementary School to also win assemblies.

“One of our friends knows Jason Hewlett and made us aware of the contest. We asked parents to comment by linking through our Facebook page. In general, we spend a maximum of $300 on an assembly, and our total budget is $1,000. After three assemblies, if it’s not free, we can’t do it. We are lucky to have such a great performer donate his time,” Butterfield Elementary PTA President Yvette White said.

Hewlett’s message to students was about being comfortable with who you are, and he shared it through personal anecdotes, wacky impersonations and popular music. The presentation even included the crowd favorite: a velociraptor.

Hewlett performed for Herriman High on Oct. 20. Butterfield Canyon and Copper Mountain students were able to see him on Nov. 5.