When Jennifer Smith, BMS language arts teacher, saw a story about a 10-year-old Michigan boy who told his mom he didn’t want a birthday party because he didn’t have any friends, she recalled some conversations with her students about bullying and their feelings about the importance of not singling kids out.
Colin, according to his mom, has been diagnosed with a sensory processing disorder and another disorder similar to autism, which makes it difficult for him to interact with others.
“My students have really strong feelings about consequences for bullying and ways to make all kids feel included,” said Smith. “When I saw the story about Colin, I thought they would really respond to it.”
And they responded in a big way! “They were excited to do this and make him feel accepted by other kids his age,” she said.
Not only did they make cards, but also a lot of the students wrote notes to Colin and told him that they, too, sometimes felt like they had no one to turn to and that they were alone. They gave him advice and some gave him their Twitter names so they could stay in touch.
Ms. Smith has mailed the cards and notes to the post office address that Colin’s mom set up. He will be surprised with all the cards on his birthday, March 9.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, COLIN, FROM BARDSTOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL!