October 26, 2017 11:50 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- On Thursday, fourth graders from Lakeview Elementary in Albert Lea received the experience of a lifetime, the opportunity to watch a blockbuster movie before its release.
The class has been reading the book "Wonder," which follows a young boy with facial differences as he starts school. The book was turned into a movie this year.
"It was just more of a way to engage my students with the book. If they think there's a prize at the end they may be more likely to do the event, but there was no way I thought we were going to win," teacher Melinda Talamantes said.
Talamantes entered a national contest for her students to see the movie before it's in theaters. They came up with different goals to be kind to one another and even themselves.
"If you see someone being picked on you go to a teacher or stop the discussion," one student said.
"My preception was be your own kind of beautiful." another said.
Along with seeing the movie, students also got to watch a facebook livestream with some of the actors.
For Talamantes, the contest was really an opportunity to instill compassion and empathy at a young age.
"Bullying is prevalent in our society, but you should see the way these kids treat each other," she said.
Created: October 26, 2017 11:50 PM
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