The Best Me: Engaging, Highly Participatory, and Fun Character Education Assembly


Do the right thing, the right time, the right way.

This program is Jim’s signature school assembly that schools book year after year because of its timeless message that inspires their students and staff. The core message behind this assembly is to allow KINDNESS to be the foundation for your character.  Kindness is so important in our schools and this assembly helps students understand how they can spread KINDNESS at their school "by Dooooooiiiiing Something.”  

Jim's character education assembly aligns seamlessly with the "7 Habits of Leader in Me", PBIS (Respectful, Responsible, and Safe), and all other established character programs. Most unique about this assembly is that it constantly involves as new studies such as, "Growth Mindset" and "Grit" influence the education field. To be the best versions of ourselves we have to take responsibility for our effort and for the choices that we make. "Good Choice, Bad Choice, My Choice", our character is a reflection of our choices and this assembly teaches your students to ""Do the right thing, the right time, the right way."


"Your presentation has once again left us in awe. The way you weave entertainment and education together is the mark of a master teacher. You teach valuable life lessons in such a fun way the students hardly know they're learning.  We will all take away many important values from today's assembly including but not limited to: Do the right thing, learn from your mistakes and you are in control of your own effort."


Lisa Fenchel - Principal - Meadows Elementary - Novi, MI


What your Students will Learn:

  • Kindness Matters - Kindness is the foundation of your character and it important to share and spread kindness by taking action, "Doooooooing Something". 

  • We Become Our Choices - "Good Choice, Bad Choice, My Choice", our character reflects the choices that we make. Its important to make the right choice, right time, the right way!

  • Effort Matters - Through the research of Grit and Growth Mindset, your students will learn the importance of effort and to never ever give up. 

  • Jim's Personal Story - From his personal struggle with dyslexia and his journey through special education to graduating at the top of his class - Basketball Jones is a result of never giving up.   

  • School is FUN! - School is a fun safe place for you to be the best version of yourself.  Be creative and allow others to be the best version of themselves. 


“You are an inspiration to us all; your message is of hope and the possibilities that each of us can reach our goals with hard work and determination.”


– Bob Egelkraut, Student Support Specialist - LaMora Park School - Battle Creek, MI



This Assembly is Great For:

  • Start of the Year Celebration: Get the year started off right with a fun, engaging, and powerful message.

  • PBIS: Let Jim "Basketball" Jones help initiate your schools PBIS initiative: Respect, Responsible, and Safe.

  • Leader in Me: Jim's message touches on all of the 7 habits of leadership for the Leader in Me Character program.

  • Kick off Celebration: Implementing a new character program or message? Jim will customize his message to work with any new program or message that your school in implementing.

  • End of the Year Celebration: A great conclusion to another successful school year to have fun with a important message to learn before summer. 


"We have had Jim visit our school for 10 years in a row; he never fails to excite the students, staff and parents.  One great message for all ages and groups! Jim will be back again next year; the kids just love his energy and comedy."


Bob Newvine, Ojibwa Elementary - P.E. Teacher - Macomb, MI


Which assembly should I choose...

Jim will customize your school assembly to meet the needs of your school.  This is a investment for your students and staff so make it the way you want it. If you like messages for Character Education, but also want to touch on Anti-Bully Education; we are happy to accommodate both.  If you are celebrating Reading month, but would like Jim to share his message on "Applying Kindness", we have you covered. Being able to mix and match messages from all programs is what makes a Jim "Basketball" Jones school assembly a truly unique experience.