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"Won't You Be My Neighbor?"

Updated: Apr 5, 2023

What if someone told you that you were enough, just the way you are in this very moment?

Last week we spent a little time each day watching the documentary, "Won't You Be My Neighbor?". It tells the story of Mr. Rogers and the development of his show. As outdated as the footage may have seemed, the kids were completely engaged. I think a big reason for this is that the messaging is timeless.

In a peace/community matters student-led meeting the week before, a journal topic asked, "How can we be a more thoughtful community?". Many of the responses included ideas that could have been extracted from an episode of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood.

- Be inclusive

- Comfort each other

- Be yourself

- Feel your feels

- Be trustworthy

- Be safe

Mr. Rogers believed that the only thing that could change the world is love. He thought all children were special, without having to do anything sensational. He wanted everyone to know, "You are loved and capable of love."

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