As a continuation of my previous post, below are more response to the question, How did you benefit from reading Haley’s book?

Keep in mind that these students are middle schoolers, which I find remarkable. Their answers reflect insight that shows a depth of thought not usually associated with middle school students. Which teaches us our own lesson: Never underestimate the power and the mind of youth.

  •        Some things are better waiting for instead of doing it immediately.
  •        Reading this book taught me the importance of faith, family, and friends.
  •        I have learned to love what you have and to not complain about what you don’t have.
  •        Keep family and friends close because you never know when you will need them.
  •        Nothing is impossible.
  •        It helped me by giving me lifelong advice to keep with me forever.  It also made me think about how the smallest things can tough someone’s life.  If this happens to someone I know, I’ll be sure to help them any way I can.
  •        I realized how far perseverance can go.
  •        I learned not to take things for granted.
  •        I learned that a tragedy does not have to ruin one’s life.
  •        Anything is possible, the sky is the limit, you can achieve anything once you put your mind to it … which in my opinion is life-changing.

How wonderful to be able to still “teach” in this way, to students who are so willing and able to absorb life’s most meaningful lessons.