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Advance screening of ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

A lesson in self-esteem

UFT Vice President for Elementary Schools Karen Alford (front, left) and UFT Vic Jonathan Fickies

UFT Vice President for Elementary Schools Karen Alford (front, left) and UFT Vice President for Education Evelyn DeJesus (front, second from right) and students get ready to see the show.

International School for Liberal Arts teacher Zobada Garcia (back, center) and h Jonathan Fickies

International School for Liberal Arts teacher Zobada Garcia (back, center) and her 6th-graders wait for the film to start.

 

“A Wrinkle in Time” has been a favorite of schoolchildren for decades, so it came as no surprise that the UFT’s advance screening of the new film based on Madeleine L’Engle’s classic novel drew about 275 teachers and students from both the UFT’s community learning schools and several other New York City public schools to a theater in midtown Manhattan on March 8. The movie follows one girl’s transformative journey across time and space as she faces darkness both within and without while trying to find her long-lost father and nurture her own self-esteem. “A Wrinkle in Time” features a diverse cast, including Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon, and offers students of many backgrounds the inspiration to discover their own potential and the opportunity to see their own experiences reflected in a grand narrative. “The movie touched on a lot of subjects, from bullying to self-esteem,” said Michael Johnson of Brooklyn Collegiate Preparatory HS. “The middle school kids responded to it; they asked a lot of questions.” Lorna Balaguer, a math teacher at the International School for Liberal Arts in the Bronx, said her students easily made personal connections to the movie. “The discussions and Q&A right after the movie reinforced further the positive values and moral lessons gained from watching the movie,” she said. “It was awesome to hear students verbally expressing their point of view.” Wendy Walker-Wilson, who teaches 2nd grade at PS 25 in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, said, “From a teacher’s perspective, we can do a lesson plan on bullying, we can do a lesson plan on perseverance. It’s phenomenal.”

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