Testimonials about the Fitness And Character Education program

Compliments, Wisdom, and Success

To succeed, we must first believe that we can.

Michael Korda

Kirk, I recently re-listened to our podcast we did about FACE4Kids. Your message still resonates—no surprise there! Respect, discipline, character, focus, passion and making a difference. Keep spreading the good word—and keep making a difference, my friend.

Steve Piscitelli, Owner

The Growth and Resilience Network™

It is so awesome to see your work continuing to touch, shape, motivate and transform young lives all around our city! We need your programs in every school!!!! Keep up the great work my friend!!

Kevin Gay, President/CEO

Operation New Hope

Kirk, Thank you for what you do with our children.You do great work with the young folks but as we all know, we are planting seeds and hoping they grow in a straight row.Thanks for your passion for youth…they need all they can get!

Karen Schum, Coordinator

Westside Family Resource Center

Vision without action, is a dream soon forgotten.

Dr. Ngo Dong

Dear Mr. Kirk, Thank you for helping me on being a leader. I'm really starting to improve now. So I would like to thank you for helping me improve my leadership.

Tyrese P, 5th grade student

Spring Park Elementary

I love the idea that you are promoting the FACE program at the AMS conference. The FACE program compliments the Montessori approach and curriculum in many ways and could be a wonderful addition to any school.

Nancy Hatton, Lead Directress

Montessori Tides School

Thanks Kirk. Theia adores you and FACE class. Your consistent clear messages and character building resonate with her and she quotes you often at home.

Laura B, FACE parent

After school program

I am interested in having this program at my school Young Men's Leadership Academy(YMLA). I feel that this program will benefit our students as they struggle with becoming the leaders that they were meant to be.

Dr. Alzic Upton, School Counselor

Young Men's Leadership Academy (YMLA)

Thanks for your support and leadership. You are making changes in the lives of our young people.

Felicia Simmons, Coordinator

Greater Springfield Family Resource Center

FACE is awesome to me because we get to do lots of cool stuff that teaches us self-control

Skyler, Age 10

Barkley Elementary

Brother you walking talking and making change. I love it. You are the man. Proud of you. Keep up the good work.

Almon Gunter, CEO & President


It is character that gets us out of bed, commitment that moves us into action and discipline that enables us to follow through.

Zig Ziglar

The FACE program compliments the Montessori approach in practice and philosophy. Mr. Farber’s authentic commitment to a holistic wellness practice has truly been a gift for our community. Through repetition of principles and concepts of fitness, our student’s lives have been enhanced in an invaluable manner.

Kim Bednarek, Director

The Discovery School

To say excited would be an understatement about how Fiona feels about coming back to FACE camp. She has absolutely loved the experience and we're not only excited for the summer but are looking forward to registering in the fall. Thanks so much for all you do!

Suzanne E, Parent

FACE Summer Camp

I feel all students would benefit from the FACE program. I have taught for 31 years and truly feel this is one of the most beneficial programs taught in my classroom. This program can help prevent many social problems our children face in today's world. Thank you again for providing us with this experience.

Sharon Conrad, First Grade Teacher

San Pablo Elementary

It was a beautiful sight to behold when I popped into graduation to check on you all! Thank you so much, Sensei Kirk, for all of your dedicated hard work. We are so grateful & teachers give us the best feedback about your program!

Liz Curran, School Counselor

John E. Ford School

I would recommend FACE Program to any organization that works with youth. The strategies used by Mr. Farber encourages students to improve themselves and strengthen their minds.

Nicole G, School Counselor

John Love Elementary School

Thank you for presenting at our FCAT Pep rally. Thanks, too, for bringing FACE to Parkwood Heights elementary school. The participants improved so much, and were so proud of earning their awards at graduation.

Mr. Ashton Price, Principal

Parkwood Heights Elementary

Thank you Kirk for the fantastic job.... You have a special talent with children. you let the students know that they are somebody and they can be whatever they want to be in life. I hope this program can stay in the Duval county schools as it is much needed. THANKS AGAIN

Robin Marell, volunteer liaison

Pinedale elementary school

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Maya Angelou

Hello Mr. Kirk, Thank you for doing what you do with ALL of our students across the district. I personally see growth in each of our students who participate weekly. I cannot wait to see the post surveys from teachers. Thank you for this opportunity!

Denise Porter, School Counselor

Windy Hill Elementary School

The FACE program is outstanding! My daughter, Gabriella was in it this year 2017. This program made my daughter gain her confidence. She has gone from being a shy little girl to talking in front of the church! Thank you so much!

Jamie S, Parent

Public elementary school

The data clearly shows that your program is making a positive difference in our students academic and social life here at Loretto. Ms. Yon and I are proud of FACE4Kids at our school. Thank you for always being understanding and helpful to our kids. This is a life changer.

Noel K, School Counselor

Loretto Elementary

Thank you for this opportunity to watch our students grow in so many ways. Ms. Nowak and I have seen the students become more confident with themselves and that is such an amazing sight to see. The students have learned a lot from you from public speaking, confidence, teamwork, and respecting one another. This program is so valuable to students, and it has been a pleasure to be apart of!

Mrs. Davidson & Ms. Nowak

North Florida School Special Education

Dear Sensei Kirk, Just wanted to drop you a note to tell you how much fun Jonathan had last week at FACE summer camp. We would have signed up for next week, but he is in NJ with his grandparents. Thank you so much for creating such a wonderful program! He can't wait to start doing FACE after school in the fall!

Shana L, parent

FACE Summer camp

Thank you for your exhilarating program! The assembly kept the K-6 students engaged and active for the entire hour. Your lesson, coupled with hands-on demonstrations, was enjoyed by kids and parents alike. We look forward to working with you in the future and bringing you back to hopefully present your workshop course.

Jacqueline Draper, Prep Club Manager

Beaches Habitat for Humanity

Evan is now in 7th grade at Providence. New school for him this year. He ran for 7th grade Class president. They had to give a speech to the whole grade of 120 peers. He said he did great! I asked if he was nervous and he said "No". Having FACE helped prepare him. The word of the day gave him the confidence as being a part of FACE was really good for him. Thank you! We are proud of him. Thanks for all you do and the lives you touch.

Tricia N, Athletic Director

Beaches Episcopal School

The kids may be struggling in some aspects of their academic career, but put them in FACE and it gives them so many places in which they can shine, they get to grow and discover talents they might not even have known they had.

School Counselor Annual Conference

Duval County Public Schools

Mr. Farber’s classes are fun, positive and encouraging for children of all ages and abilities. The physical activities are challenging, yet exciting and allow the child to strive in an emotionally safe atmosphere. This process builds strength and confidence in each child. Mr. Farber acknowledges children not only for their physical performance, but their positive attitude and persistence. The public speaking portion of the class allows an open forum for the discussion of topics such as responsibility, respect, freedom and kindness.

Julie W, Lead Teacher

Discovery Montessori School

Last Spring, Kirk implemented FACE at Seabreeze and the children who participated had a wonderful experience. One child in particular made a huge turn-a-round after participating in the program. His grades, attendance, and behavioral choices all improved. The student commented that he had fun and learned something new every time. I watched as another child accidentally spilled milk on the FACE student one day. In the past, he would have lost his temper. Instead, he kept his cool. Another student commented right then that the FACE student was “like a totally different person.” His teachers shared that his attitude changed and he took directions better. Just yesterday, our music teacher spoke to me about what a huge impact FACE had on that particular student’s life.

Kim K, School Counselor

Seabreeze Elementary

I just want to tell you how much my son, Anthony, enjoyed the FACE program. The first class he attended, he was extremely embarrassed and lacked self-confidence to do the activities with the group. He did not want to go back. After much discussion, we were able to guide him into “giving the class another try”. He embraced it and really thrived throughout the remainder of the program. He was eager to go each week and come home to discuss and show us what he had learned. I think his biggest accomplishment was that he got up in front of the entire 4th grade and demonstrated what he had learned!! He displayed self-confidence that I rarely see and I was so proud of him!! I know this program has really made a difference for him. A huge thank you to Kirk for inspiring these students and giving them self-confidence to be a leader!

Jennifer M, M.Ed., Teacher

Atlantic Beach Elementary

I appreciate your dedication to the youth in our community. Your program is so essential right now. We are proud to fund it!

Martha Sawyer, Trustee

Kirbo Charitable Trust Fund

Thank you for sharing the FACE program, as it truly made a difference. They learned a lot of new skills! Administrators and teachers saw many changes in the students and truly appreciated your energy!

Leslie Luck, School Counselor

Greenfield Elementary

The best part about FACE was learning to juggle step-by-step and improve each week of class. I was so proud of myself that I learned how to juggle. Mr. Kirk is the best teacher.

Kaylen N, Student

Duval County public school

FACE was a very fun activity and it helped us improve our jump roping and strength and eye-hand coordination. Mr. Kirk taught us that 5 minutes of jumping rope equals to 15 minutes of jogging.

Naomi M, Student

Duval County public school

I am super excited about all the locations you have on hand! What a great testament to the impact you have on so many children. I am so proud of your work. I talk about you all the time!

Iris Ivana Grant, CEO / Lead Strategist

The Genesi Group

Kirk, thank you so much for coming out tonight for the Art Of Family at J. Finegan elementary. It was a great night and you got such great responses from all the parents and students about the FACE presentations. You are always welcome to join us, just say the word!

Don Morgan III, Behavior Specialist

FSS - BRC / Daniel Memorial

We are so happy and fortunate to have FACE at MAJ this school year. Mr. Farber comes to us all the way from the beach to Baldwin and there was no cost for the program. The children loved it and we are excited to get into the next eight lessons which have already been provided for our school.

Grace Wilhelm, School Counselor

Mamie Agnes Jones Elementary

We've been so impressed with their conditioning, They are feeling confident. Kirk the work with you is really benefiting the boys with their sports. What you have accomplished is beyond what we could have hoped for!! Thank you!

Niels Bull, Parent
Kelly Burnett, Parent

FACE4Kids personal training

We would like to work with the same group of students from last year so that we can further the benefits of the program and watch our students grow and excel even more. Thank you for your time and efforts, as always.

Meri Waddill, School Counselor

Atlantic Beach Elementary

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