Penn Wynne Elementary School recently welcomed author Jimmy Curran, who spoke with students about his inspirational book, Will the One-Winged Eagle, and shared important life lessons about self-acceptance; recognizing, respecting and celebrating our differences; and the power of persistence and positive thinking.
At the age of two, Jimmy was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a genetic neuromuscular disorder affecting the nerve cells that control motor neurons. While the disease may have kept Jimmy confined to a wheelchair his entire life, in truth, he hasn’t allowed it to stop him from doing or achieving anything he set his mind to, whether it was learning to swim, graduating from college (Temple University, with honors) or becoming an author, among his many other accomplishments.
In the book, Will is born with only one wing, which makes him different from the other eagles who ridicule him for not being like the rest of them. Fear and doubt begin to creep in to Will's mind causing him to wonder if he will ever be able to fly or do the same activities as all of the other eagles. Will is ultimately able to overcome the many obstacles that stand in his way, as well as prove the other eagles wrong, through grit, perseverance and keeping a positive attitude.
Following the presentation, Jimmy answered questions from attendees before signing autographs and taking pictures with students! Click through the slideshow below to images from Jimmy’s awesome assembly at Penn Wynne!
Jimmy’s visit also happened to coincide with Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, which is celebrated every March, and seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all facets of community life. As part of our ongoing equity efforts, the District is proud to recognize March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month as we continue to “build belonging” throughout our school communities! #LMSDBuildingBelonging