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December 5, 2017 > Students learn the gift of ÔWonderÕ

Students learn the gift of ÔWonderÕ

Submitted By Jocelyn Pierre-Antoine

When given the choice of being right or being kind, choose kind
ÑDr. Wayne W. Dyer.

On the day of its opening, over 200 students from St. Bede Catholic School in Hayward attended a school-wide field trip to watch the movie ÔWonder,Õ based on R.J. PalacioÕs book of the same name. In preparation, several classes read and discussed the story of a boy named August Pullman who, at birth, was diagnosed with a serious medical condition that required numerous surgeries resulting in facial differences. Wonder describes the life of August, his family, and the school community when he begins attending school, for the first time, as a fifth grader. From mockery and bullying to fear and friendship, the story highlights lessons of perseverance, determination and, most importantly, kindness towards all.

As the movie played, students enthusiastically expressed their excitement for parts of the story they anticipated. Seventh grader Shareeza Dean shared, ÒThis movie is a life-changer for me. Not only does this relate to my life, but it taught me that you can find a true friend, not only by their qualities, but by their actions.Ó Another seventh grade student, Jeremy Aleman, advised, ÒDonÕt try to fit in when you were born to stand out.Ó When asked what important lessons the first graders learned from this story, Lucas Sornet explained, ÒBe nice to everyone even though they are different,Ó and Evan Gabatino expressed, ÒWe are all wonders.Ó

The powerful message of kindness and acceptance is a reminder to all of us that we can be wonders in the lives of others.

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