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Forest Hills students present “Wonder”

To close out a year of learning to be kind, students from 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade at Forest Hills Elementary School presented the “Wonder” play which is now a major motion picture. The idea behind the play started at the beginning of the school year when 3rd grade teacher and play director, Ashten Murray, started a Random Acts of Kindness Club with her class. “I started a Random Acts of Kindness Club this year with my class,” Murray said, “It only made sense that I read the Wonder books to my class, because it is centered around kindness.” Soon after her students finished the books, the movie “Wonder” came out. “I was so excited when the movie came out,” Murray said, “Ms. Brittany Shider, school counselor, and I took the class to see the movie after reading the book back in December of 2017. It was a wonderful experience for all of us. We were so lucky to have the Walterboro Police Department to escort us on our walk to the theater.” Murray made shirts for all of the students in her class that gave the simple message, choose kindness.

After reading the book and seeing the movie, Murray decided that it would be the perfect year for her students to perform the play. “I have always been interested in drama and theater. When I was in elementary school, I was in several plays. I was so excited to now be in charge of a play with the students at FHE. It was the perfect year to perform “Wonder”!” This was a school effort as Murray assistance for teachers, staff, and parents. “Mrs. Stephanie Worden and I held auditions and practices,” Murray said “Ms. Marie Sudduth, Liza Catterton and Jessica McMillan helped with props. Ashley Whaley, Sharon Witkin, Liza Catterton and Rebecca Jarrett helped welcoming guests the night of the play and collecting money.” The play was held on June 4th in the Forest Hills Cafeteria where approximately 50 people came out to support the students. “It went well,” Murray said, “I think the audience it enjoyed it. There were a few hiccups due to no curtain on the stage and the kids being kids. I would like to thank all that were involved above and the parents for bringing their children to and from practices every week. We couldn’t have done it without all of you.” The students did a second performance for their classmates the following day and the message Murray has taught her students all year was clear, choose kindness.

Leading Roles for “Wonder”
Caroline Magas- August Pullman
Stephen Arnold- Jack
Tula Hildebrand- Mrs. Pullman
Jonah Garvin- Mr. Pullman
Brielle Peltier- Ms. Petosa
Davion Pinkney- Julian
Ashlee Washington- Charlotte
Macayla Shaffer- Via
Myah McMillan- Ms. Garcia
Philissa Walls- Summer

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