The second graders in Valerie Thornton's class led a powerful Lower School Chapel on December 16, emphasizing this valuable message: Just because people are different does not mean they can't be friends.
Since this is the Year of Courage at Norfolk Academy, the monthly Lower School chapels are focusing on ways to be courageous. Wednesday's theme: Having the courage to appreciate differences.
Mrs. Thornton's girls opened the chapel by reciting a poem titled Friendship Has No Borders, which reminds everyone that we are all different and those differences should be celebrated. “We are all born in a different way. How we look and what we say," the poem begins. This is its conclusion: “We're sure glad it works this way. The world is so colorful every day. If everyone were the same, you see, you wouldn't be you and I wouldn't be me!"
Next, Mrs. Thornton read a book, The Friend Ship by Kat Yeh. The book is about a hedgehog who goes in search of other hedgehogs but ends up forming friendships with other animals.
The girls closed the chapel by introducing their close friends and sharing their differences. They have different religions, interests, and backgrounds.
“We're different but we still love each other," Madison said.
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