Eli Rosenberg, a sixth grader at Pinetree Elementary School with high-functioning autism, gave an inspiring graduation speech to his fellow classmates, thanking them for always accepting him. During Eli’s speech, he spoke about his time at Pinetree Elementary and the struggle he underwent to work on his social skills. At the end of Eli’s speech, he encouraged his fellow classmates to make a difference in the lives of others:
“As we leave here today, I have a challenge for all of you. We are all different. Not less, just different. We all have things we’re good at, things we need to work on, and things we need help with. Whenever you see someone else who is different, instead of just judging them or being a bully, I challenge you to offer help and treat that person with the kindness you have shown me over the last six years. Remember, all of you can make a difference in someone’s life. You’ve already made a difference in mine.”
This Thoughtful Thursday, we admire Eli for his courage and thank him for teaching his classmates to accept each other for their differences. It is people like Eli that that help make this world a better and stronger place.