Marco and Angie Garcia spoke on Sept 24th at Neil Armstrong Academy in West Valley City, UT in front of 120 sixth graders. The students recently read the book "Wonder" and welcomed two, real-life Auggie Pullman's into their classroom.
One of the West Valley City school teacher's said "Angie and Marco did a wonderful job of making students feel comfortable in asking honest questions. They presented themselves in a way that students were able to connect to them. They were very down to earth and enjoyable to listen to.”
Angelica reflected on her Facebook page about the September speaking engagement by saying, "Our first LIVE Wonder session with 4, 6th grade classes (120 students!) since RJ was born & etc was heavenly perfect. We were continuously honest with the teachers (in advance) & kids & shared about RJ; the timing (how it’s just been almost 4 months) & everything & they still wanted us to come as much as we wanted to. It was raw, it was (continuously) so honest, so open & truly beautiful. They genuinely kept saying it was perfect & met all their goals on teaching the value of true kindness as well as getting to know people with facial differences as people. At the end, I added a new part to our teaching; the mom perspective: how I would have wanted our son to be the nice kid & have true friends as well as be the truest self he can be at all times. Bottom line: Being genuinely kind & true to yourself & others is one of the best & so many ways to be a wonderful you. While we were doing the photo opt, one teacher was inspired to have the kids do a heart gesture with their hands shot. I have a feeling that was for RJ ❤️
Always teaching the world & heavens as a family to be kind & real" 💛
Thank you Angie and Marco for sharing your story with these kids.