Wading River School students welcomed a special guest when
internationally known motivational speaker and advocate Becky Curran
visited the school as part of the District’s DASA initiatives.
Ms. Curran grew up participating in many sports such as sailing, skiing,
soccer and swimming, graduated college and lives an inspired life. Born
with achondroplasia, a genetic disorder that results in dwarfism, she
was taught from a very young age to keep a positive outlook on life.
Her visit to the school was voluntary and she encouraged an open
dialogue with the 4-6 grade students. She answered some heartwarming
questions – including issues with bullying, if she has difficulties
driving or watching a movie and even the scientific name of her genetic
disorder. She encouraged the students to establish goals and work hard
to accomplish them and to accept others for their perceived differences.
Her lifelong independent spirit was evident when she suggested that if
they see someone struggling, to not just assume that they need to do
something for them.
“Just offer to help,” she said.