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Inspire Purpose: Wonder

Congratulations to our fifth graders! At the invitation of Lionsgate, they attended an advance screening of the movie Wonder on Thursday, October 26th. The invitation came due to our students’ commitment to living by the precepts of kindness that are espoused in the movie.

It all started when the students and teachers signed on to the “Certified Kind Classroom” Challenge. First, they read the book Wonder. If you haven’t heard about the book, it is a fantastic story about a boy with a facial deformity who starts at a new school. Unfortunately, some of the kids are mean and the boy begins to feel alienated. There are many powerful lessons about kindness in this book. Wonder really develops children’s sense of empathy, as well as their understanding of how bullying starts and the role that each of us play in creating a kind community.

Next, students watched a video featuring the filmmakers from the soon-to-be released movie that is based on the book. Students then had to record videos explaining the beliefs and practices that they live by every day. Their contest entry was chosen and off to the movies they went. The post-movie classroom discussions have been very rich and have deepened students’ understanding of the mitzvah of kindness and kehilah (community).

Want to help us spread kindness even more?? Please see the  flyer linked here for information about this year’s Jog-A-Thon! We are partnering with the Challenged Athletes Foundation to create awareness and advocacy for people with disabilities to lead active lifestyles. And, we will be raising funds for our Purim Carnival. Thank you in advance for your support!

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