CHAMPLAIN - Students of Northeastern Clinton Central Middle School are in for a good laugh as well as learn a good life lesson.
Rusty DeWees, a stand-up comedian and actor from Stowe, Vt., best known for his one-man comedy show, "The Logger," will visit the school Friday, Jan. 15, to entertain the students and the community, as well as give a "motivation talk."
"[The talk] tells the kids in our areas that I am just some guy, just a regular hometown guy," DeWees explained. "I followed my heart in what I wanted to do and I have succeeded so that I am content in my life."
DeWees added he believes one of the main reasons for his success is because he has never been involved with any substance of any kind.
"He tries to give a good message to the kids that you can do something with your life without drugs and alcohol," explained Jeanne Bousquet, a teaching assistant at NCCS who came up with the idea to invite DeWees to the school.
"One morning I heard him on the radio talking on one of the Vermont stations and I thought, 'Wouldn't it be fun to see if he could come to the school,'" she recalled.
Bousquet explained the middle school students are paying for DeWees to come, so the community can enjoy the act, free of charge.
"We're always asking [the community] for something," Bousquet said. "No matter what, we're always asking the community, and they always give to us, so, now we're giving back."
DeWees said he will do some of his stand-up as The Logger, which will be toned down for the students. However, his message about being substance-free he gives as himself.
"I'm not willing to preach to the students," he explained. "I'm not an authority figure. I'm not a police person, I'm not a nurse or a doctor, I'm not a teacher. I'm coming from a sort of neutral spirit."
The Jan. 15 show will be held at the school, located at 103 State Route 276, beginning at 1:15 p.m.