As Bradley's mother, Crystal, released his hand to sign him in, Elizabeth leaned close and rattled off the waiting, fun-filled activities through the school's gymnasium, classrooms and halls. There was dancing and karaoke, bowling, cookie decorating, basketball, soccer, relay races, arts and crafts, storytelling and more.
The information was enough to erase any lingering apprehension in Bradley, and he was quickly off making the rounds. The first stop? Cookie decorating, of course.
According to middle school science teacher Shea Overcash, "We Are Able" was the culmination of a third-quarter project in Salisbury Academy's inaugural "Genius Hour" exploratory class. "Genius Hour" allows students to explore and create around their own passions.
"My hope was to inspire the middle schoolers to think big, dig deep within themselves, and help them feel like they could make a difference in the world," she said. "I told them although sometimes their ideas may feel small, they have a big place in this world and have the ability to make a powerful and positive impact on the world."