SPOONER -- On Monday, January 8th, Spooner Middle School teamed with the Palace Theatre in Spooner to face the topic of student bullying. The staff at Spooner Middle School incorporated the viewing of the inspiring and heartwarming film Wonder into their classroom lessons on Character Education and Social and Emotional Learning. These lessons occurred prior to and following the film’s viewing by the entire staff and student body.

The emotional family drama Wonder is based on the New York Times bestseller Wonder by R. J. Palacio. The film is about a young man, August Pullman, with facial differences who enters fifth grade in the public school for the first time. The story follows Auggie as he encounters struggles to gain friendships and is initially bullied by students at his new school. As the story develops students begin to see Auggie for who he is as an upbeat, fun, and kind fifth-grade student.

Spooner Middle School Principal Brad Larrabee was excited to share about staff and students engaging in this film. “It was a great opportunity to have such a powerful film playing in Spooner. We are very grateful for the Palace Theatre for inviting our staff and students in to view this heartwarming film.”

Spooner Middle School School Social Worker, Ashley Villella, shared the following: Middle school is an important time for our students to learn about themselves and the people around them. The experiences our students gain during their time at Spooner Middle School (SMS) help to shape their minds as they move into their adolescent and adult years. SMS strongly believes in the connection between our students' homes, school, and community. This partnership between SMS and Palace Theater is just one example of people coming together to teach our students the important values of acceptance, respect, and cooperation. We are so grateful for partnerships like this!

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