This week’s Inbox

LET’S HEAR A BIT MORE OF WHAT YOU HAD TO SAY BY OPENING OUR INBOX!

EMILY FROM AVON HERITAGE ELEMENTARY STARTS US OFF, SHE WRITES: I HAVE A BROTHER THAT IS DISABLED. I KNOW WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO SEE SOMEONE LIKE THIS. IF YOU HAVE SOMEONE LIKE THIS IN YOUR SCHOOL DO NOT LAUGH AT THEM. YOU SHOULD HELP THEM OR BE THEIR FRIEND OR EVEN A FRIENDLY "HELLO!" THAT WOULD BE NICE.

ADDYSON FROM BELLEVUE SCHOOLS, GAVE US THIS REPORT:
THERE IS THIS PROGRAM AT OUR SCHOOL CALLED FRIENDS FRIDAY AND IT TEACHES KIDS ABOUT KIDS WITH DISABILITIES. IT SHOWS THAT EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT AND THAT IS OK.

MAIA FROM MARYLAND ELEMENTARY TOLD US ABOUT ONE OF HER FRIENDS, WRITING:
A FEW YEARS AGO I HAD A FRIEND WITH DOWN SYNDROME. SHE WAS FUNNY, SMART, PRETTY, AND A LOT OF FUN TO PLAY WITH. I MOVED TO ANOTHER STATE LAST SUMMER SO I DON'T SEE HER ANYMORE. I LEARNED SO MUCH FROM HER AND I REALLY MISS HER. PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES CAN DO THE SAME THINGS EVERYONE ELSE CAN DO BUT IN THEIR OWN UNIQUE AND SPECIAL WAY.
ANNA FROM INDEPENDENCE MIDDLE SCHOOL MY OLDER COUSIN, WHO WAS ADOPTED FROM RUSSIA, IS BLIND. SHE SHOWED ME I CAN DO ANYTHING, EVEN IF I AM DIFFERENT.

AND JOEY, WANTED TO LET US KNOW ABOUT ONE OF HIS FRIENDS:
MY FRIEND LANDON IS A GREAT KID. ON THE FIRST DAY OF KINDERGARTEN I SAW LANDON AND HIS MOM AT THE LIBRARY IN OUR CLASS. I LIKE HIM BECAUSE HE IS JUST SO FRIENDLY. HE LOVES THE COLOR PURPLE AND LOVES CARS. WE HAVE BEEN FRIENDS SINCE KINDERGARTEN. WHEN WE'RE AT RECESS WE PLAY CATCH AND HAVE RACES AND LANDON WINS WITH HIS ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR. WHEN WE GO TO INDOOR RECESS WE PLAY HOT WHEELS CARS AND SUPERHEROES. THAT IS SOME REASONS WHY I LOVE LANDON.

THANKS, JOEY! AND THANKS TO ANNA, MAIA, ADDYSON, AND EMILY FOR SHARING YOUR STORIES! IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAVE SOME WONDERFUL FRIENDS AND FAMILY IN YOUR LIVES – AND WE ENJOYED HEARING ABOUT THEM!

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