Announcing the newest
LICENSEES of "IT'S EASY!"...
Director: Jackie Selman,
Theater Arts Teacher
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
Director Christine Lee, Music Teacher
GOOD NEWS BULLETIN BOARD
13-year-old New Hampshire boy
has never had anyone to call "friend."
Xzavier is different from other kids in his rural New Hampshire town with a population so small that 10 towns converge to attend one high school. Xzavier has mild cerebral palsy, epilepsy and autism. On top of that, his mom says they are "really poor" and his younger brother is also special needs. Xzavier has been bullied his whole life.
TEACHERS: Simply play this Youtube Video by our ON-AIR TEEN AMBASSADOR, BRIELLE WITHERS, to teach young students all about XZAVIER!
Be-A-Friend to "Xzavier"
Xzavier's mom calls him "GIVING, VERY SILLY, VERY CARING AND GENEROUS."
This handsome 8th Grader earns money doing jobs like yard work and will spend most of it buying gifts for his siblings and mom. He's very protective of his little 8-year-old brother. Xzavier loves taking things apart to see how they work
and he LOVES cars and toy Hot Wheels!
Xavier didn't talk until he was 4, and sometimes he still has trouble. Sometimes he loses track of what he is saying and will repeat the same thing over and over. He has been hit a lot by other kids, made fun of for various things including the way he talks. Bullies yell at him "STOP STUTTERING" ... "STUPID" ... "IDIOT" ..."RETARDED." They've told him they're "GOING TO HURT HIM" and "GOING TO KILL HIM." Bullies tell him that his "CLOTHES LOOK UGLY" because his family can't afford fancy clothes. The first time his mom remembers physical bullying was 3rd grade when they kicked and hit him as he curled up in a ball on the ground. In 5th Grade, they choked him on the playground. Now, even though he is bigger than the other 8th Graders at 5'10", he still never lashes out at his bullies.
This school year, Xzavier was whacked in the face with a notebook. And worse, the very day he came back to school from surgery to remove his tonsils, a classmate who had previously threatened to kill him, punched him hard in the throat. That bully was expelled from the school. However, this incident was the last straw over a lifetime of bullying and the 13-year-old had to spend two weeks in a hospital over the Christmas break to help him deal emotionally with the bullying. When he returned to school, the school's well-meaning efforts to both educate and protect Xzavier by pairing him with an aide for every minute of the day have also isolated him from other kids.
Xzavier could really use a boost in self esteem, his mom said when she wrote to us. She hopes receiving your "Friend Mail" will play a big part! Xzavier has never had a friend. Even when a classmate treats him with respect, they still won't invite him over or out anywhere. He believes nobody likes him.
Xzavier NEEDS to know just how likable he is!!!
He needs to know that he IS an awesome friend who is FRIEND STRONG!
Xzavier likes getting letters. He reads at about a 5th Grade level. Letters should be "short & sweet" as he has trouble focusing and concentrating for too long. Drawings are great, too!
Let him know YOU CARE!!
PLEASE Mail Letters for XZAVIER to...
See The Wish/Be-A-Friend Project
246 Main Street
Cold Spring, NY 10516
DUE DATE FOR XZAVIER'S LETTERS IS MARCH 27TH!
Or, you can skip the postage and email your letter or drawing
(embedded in the email or a clear picture or scanned letter) to email@example.com
We'll print it out and include it in his "Friend Mail" package!
The Be-A-Friend Project does not give advice, therapy or intervention.
Our one purpose is to send letters and cards of encouragement and caring from kids to kids.