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Martinez Visits Eastbrook, Southeast

on Fri, 2012-03-23 09:09
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J.R. Martinez is known across the country for winning the mirror ball trophy on Dancing with the Stars and starring as combat veteran Brot Monroe on ABC’ s Emmy® Award-winning daytime drama All My Children. After Thursday, students at Eastbrook Middle School and Southeast High School got to know him a little better.

Visit this photo gallery to learn more about his visits with students or to see more photos as a slideshow.

During school-wide assemblies at both schools, J.R. shared his energy with students by telling stories about growing up as the son of a single mom and being burned on most of his body while serving in Iraq. He paired his stories of challenge with stories of triumph, encouraging students to be understanding of others and to believe in themselves.

"Do you know what helps me every day?" he asked students a Eastbrook. "I believe in myself."

J.R. continues to balance his role on All My Children with his speaking engagements, along with his extensive charity work. Learn more about his life and share your story with him at his website knowjr.com.