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Andre’s a giant when it comes to inspiring youth – Times-Herald

Are you lamenting your return to a mind-boggling morning on your San Francisco commute? Please go to Memphis.

Yes, that Memphis. Tennessee’s. The hometown of the blues you know. Also a FedEx World Hub, for over 22 years Andre Lewis drove to Auckland Airport, flew to Memphis, and went to the cockpit from Africa to Australia, Europe, South America, and everywhere in between. Top and bottom.

Oh, but more than that. At least the Memphis part. After two months of “rigorous process” training to fly the new 757 as captain, Benicia resident and former Valle Juan can call Auckland his home.

More time with his wife, Leah. After all, more time than having three daughters in college. And more time with his “other passions” — inspires young people through the closing of his 20 books through his own non-profit publishing company, Literal Tool.

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With Auckland as Lewis’ new home, he would have been assigned more trips to Ontario near where his father lived in Rialto. However, his father died on February 2, and due to COVID-19, the funeral was not held until March 3, and Lewis was the first day of training.

“It was bittersweet,” he said, adding that his mother-in-law died in the middle of the program on March 26.

“Crazy, crazy time,” Lewis took a break on Monday morning and talked about his career and motivation.

Most of the time, it’s all about children. Lewis wants to survive his difficult youth and inspire him through his books. Believing in what he wrote, he distributes books and persuades businesses to sponsor distribution in schools, community centers, churches, and other places where Lewis can connect. Young people and their parents.

It started with “I Want to Fly” in 2007, with the child riding a pesticide sprayer, his own sharing of being a father, “A Daddy’s Dream”, “Let’s STEAM Ahead”, and the revised “Making it”. It started with “Better in Vallejo”. , “The 2020 book,” I was excited to serve, “and many others.

Lewis, 53, covers everything from anti-bullying to exciting dreams, childhood obesity, gun violence, suicide prevention and faith.

“My passion is trying to help others,” he said. “Being based in Auckland gives us more opportunities to develop our passion.”

Lewis recently completed two books for the Solano County Conservation Department. He is working on another book, hoping to help teach young people and their parents about “financial literacy.”

“I created all these books and provided every child with a concrete object to remember the message,” Lewis said. “Around the country, I saw the needs of children.”

The language spread. Lewis wrote a book on anti-bullying at the request of the Wyoming Police Chief. He then received requests for similar customized books from Los Angeles and Las Vegas. And finally Vallejo. It was 2013.

Recently, he met traffic safety people in Elk Grove. They wanted Lewis to write a book about underage drinking — and he created the California Alcoholic Beverages Administration Youth Education Book.

“My overall purpose is to meet my needs,” Lewis said.

It’s not just regions, regions and countries. A few years ago, Lewis donated a copy of “I Want to Fly” to Kenyan children through a Californian man who happened to meet on a hill in Taiwan. The man was part of Rotary and explained the service organization to Lewis.

“There was a stigma that Rotary was a’white club for the elderly’,” Lewis said.

He is currently the president of the Rotary Club of Benicia and has been instrumental in donating books to children in Tijuana, Mexico.

“The cool part is that for some of these kids, it was the first book they ever owned,” Lewis said. “It gave me chills to understand how the work I’m doing affects helping others.”

Lewis is known for handing out free books to children in grocery stores, public events and streets. He’s basically an exciting book, Johnny Appleseed.

“I want to set an example and lead. It really doesn’t take long,” Lewis said.

One challenge: “I want to help get rid of this taboo on law enforcement,” said Lewis, whose only brother is an officer. “Every organization has people who always make big mistakes, but we can’t stand by to solve this problem. We engage with each entity and what our needs are. I have to let people know. “

Distributing free books to children is where they are talking to adults. One engagement in the Auckland Headstart program is always remembered.

“I’m wearing a suit and tie … and I’m in Auckland,” Lewis said with a laugh. “They look up and down like” Who is this guy? ” I said, “You don’t know me. I don’t know you. But one thing we all have in common is that we are fathers.”

Lewis then asked attendees what to do if their daughters were physically abused and returned home. Then he asked, “How many of you have put your hands on other important girlfriends, wives or mothers?”

“I heard the pin fall,” Lewis said. “I set an example that when you do it to” your loved one, the mother of a child .. “, you can hit someone you love. And you encourage your sons that this is the way we communicate with other sexes. “

After the lecture, a man in the audience approached Lewis and said: I can’t talk about this in my community. What you said today, you got to me. I need to make some changes to my life. “

Andre Luís received the Benicia Citizen’s Award in 2018 from former police chief Eric Upson (now the mayor). (Photo courtesy)

“We can make a difference,” Lewis said.

A few days ago, at Reebok Outlet in Vacaville, Lewis introduced himself to his mother, father and little son and said he wanted to send him a free book.

He is no longer running around with a full trunk of his books. The guess was that it drove his wife crazy.

“That’s exactly it,” Lewis laughed.

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