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Choose Kind: Horizon East students focus on kindness

November 14, 2017

Horizon Middle School East Campus grades 7-8 students are focused on two words: Choose Kind.

On Nov. 17, Horizon East students will see the movie adaptation of the best-selling, award-winning book “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio. The main character of the book is a fifth-grader who has facial differences.

Earlier this month, Horizon East students heard from Emily Paulson, a 2010 Moorhead High graduate. Paulson, like the character in “Wonder,” was born with Treacher Collins syndrome, which affects the development of bones and tissues in the face. During high school she was involved in orchestra, theater and dance.

Now a registered nurse at Sanford, Paulson is a frequent motivational speaker who tells her audiences the importance of accepting who they are and looking for the best in others.

Paulson spoke to all students at Horizon East in groups of 100-125 students at a time. Students and staff were moved by her story and approached her for hugs and photos after the sessions.

Photo: Moorhead High graduate Emily Paulson shares her story with students at Horizon Middle School East Campus as they learn about the message “Choose kind” from the book “Wonder.”

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