It is okay to be different at Lincoln Terrace Elementary
Posted on 11/14/2017
Group of students at Lincoln Terrace standing with George Dennehy, holding the book "wonder."The stage curtain was closed when the music started.  When it opened, students at Lincoln Terrace Elementary didn't quite know what to make of the musician.  George Dennehy was playing the guitar using his feet, not his hands.  You see Mr. Dennehy was born without arms.

During an all school assembly, George Dennehy shared his life story with students.  He remembers being teased at school and sitting alone at lunch.  Mr. Dennehy encouraged students to reach out to classmates who may look different.  He points out everyone is the same on the inside.

His message is timely.  Third, fourth, and fifth graders will soon read the popular children's book "Wonder."  It tells the story of Auggie Pullman.  Born with several facial defects that, up until now, have prevented him from going to public school.  He becomes an unlikely hero when he enters the fifth grade. 

During his presentation, Mr. Dennehy used his feet to write his name, drink a bottle of water, and even play the piano.  The students were clearly impressed and inspired!

George Dennehy playing the piano with his feetLincoln Terrace student holding the book "wonder."George Dennehy using his feet to play the guitarLincoln Terrace student listening attentively in the assembly
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