by Sarah Duddy
At this morning's lower school assembly, we took some time to view the above commercial. I did not give the clip much of an introduction other than telling the children that the minute I saw this commercial, I could not wait to share it at an assembly. I also explained that the commercial instantly reminded me of something we have spent time discussing in assemblies and I wondered if anyone would be able what that was after viewing the commercial.
After watching the video, I was so pleased to see so many hands fly up in the air! Children pointed out good sportsmanship, kindness, and empathy as themes that they noted in the commercial - all terrific answers! We spoke specifically about the example of empathy. The neighborhood children gathered different wheeled vehicles - tricycles, office chairs and boxes with wheels to ride during their basketball game, helping their new neighbor to feel welcome and included. What a terrific example of putting yourself in someone else's shoes to make them feel more comfortable and accepted. This commercial share a simple message, yet one that it so important to keep in mind as we encounter differences in our world.