BCIU Hamburg class wins con­test, at­tends screen­ing of ‘ Won­der’

The Hamburg Area Item - - Local News - By Lisa Mitchell lmitchell@ 21st- cen­tu­ry­media. com @ ham­bur­gitem on Twit­ter

Chil­dren from the Berks County In­ter­me­di­ate Unit Hamburg School Age Learn­ing Cen­ter won the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend a pri­vate ad­vanced screen­ing of the movie “Won­der” on Oct. 26.

“We en­tered a con­test through the film com­pany Lion­s­gate. After read­ing the book as a class, we en­tered the con­test, and won,” said Linda Bryant from the BCIU Hamburg School Age Learn­ing Cen­ter. “It was a won­der­ful movie, with a great mes­sage. I en­cour­age ev­ery­body to go see it when it comes out Nov. 17.”

Bryant ex­plained that read­ing the book “Won- der” by R. J. Pala­cio has be­come part of their cur­ricu­lum.

“Read­ing the book is about not judg­ing peo­ple by their looks, and if given the choice be­tween be­ing right or be­ing kind, choose kind. The mes­sage the kids learned was to ac­cept peo­ple who look dif­fer­ent, be­cause de­spite their ap­pear­ance, they are no dif­fer­ent than us,” said Bryant. “We may have a lot in com­mon with them, if we would just take the time to get to know the in­side. After all, it’s what’s on the in­side that counts, not the out­side. It taught the kids kind­ness, em­pa­thy, and to stand up for oth­ers. If we could all be a lit­tle kinder ev­ery day, we could make a dif­fer­ence.”

The pri­vate ad­vanced screen­ing of the movie was held at Fox Berk­shire in Wy­omiss­ing on Oct. 26. Bryant said that be­cause it was a pri­vate screen­ing, no pub­lic­ity was al­lowed.

“We were greeted by two men from the movie com­pany Lion­s­gate, as well as Mr. Fox him­self.”

There were 27 chil­dren ages 6 to 11, as well as 11 par­ents, two teach­ers, and one su­per­vi­sor who at­tended the pri­vate screen­ing

he BCIU Hamburg School Age Learn­ing Cen­ter worked to­gether with Tilden El­e­men­tary and Perry El­e­men­tary to dis­miss the cen­ter’s class to at­tend the pri­vate screen­ing. The BCIU pro­vided the trans­porta­tion.

“They agreed to al­low the kids to leave school early, and mark it as an ed­u­ca­tional ab­sence.”

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Berks County In­ter­me­di­ate Unit Hamburg School Age Learn­ing Cen­ter class won the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend a pri­vate ad­vanced screen­ing of the movie, “Won­der,” on Oct. 26.

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