This weekend I went to see the movie Wonder. I cried. A lot. Auggie Pullman pulled at my heart. I wonder, isn’t everyone a little like Auggie though?
Maybe everyone doesn’t have something physically different. Maybe it’s something that others can’t see but affects them just as much. Something that they personally struggle with every day. Are we acknowledging that?
It shouldn’t matter whether or not our differences are physical or internal. We have to get better at treating everyone the same. We have to be kind, show empathy and show understanding. It's more than teaching our children and students this, it's modeling this ourselves!
Auggie, as many of our students that fill our schools, are wonders! They are courageous and brave and stand up for themselves. It may be an identified student, it may be the basketball star. It may be the student council president, it may be a wallflower. Our students are facing things we never had to face as children and teens. THEY are wonders.
Our students are coding in elementary school and running businesses in high school! Our students are young artists and musicians! Our students are on sports team for our schools and in the community (Special Olympics too!) Our students are advocates and fundraising for causes that may not even benefit them. Our students are wonders!
There are many wonders in our buildings! How are you going to make sure they know they are wonders?
If you haven’t seen this movie, please do. It’s truly for everyone.
Kindness does matter, words matter, no matter what age we are.
Auggie teaches us ALL a lesson in this great movie!