students received valuable lessons in respect and consideration Friday during the school’s fourth annual Acceptance Day.
Each year, Team Crooked Billet — a group of educators who coordinate the event — select a topic to teach students, so they are better informed about their peers and the world around them, and can become more accepting individuals. Educators on Friday talked about medical diagnoses and disabilities, since the subjects are becoming widely discussed issues.
Students learned about hearing impairment and autism, and how those disabilities affect those who live with them on a daily basis. Students also heard from guest speaker and senior , who shared his harrowing account of how he overcame obstacles as a burn victim.
Crooked Billet also kicked off its school-wide community service project, “Pennies for Patients,” to help support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Crooked Billet Elementary Principal Kári Hill said Acceptance Day continues to be a staple at the school because educators want to teach students that it is not enough to be tolerant of others, but that they must learn to accept their peers.
“At Crooked Billet, we’re tying to teach that everyone is important and they have special gifts to share,” Hill said.