To the Editor:
I want to first address what you may be thinking when you read my address and realize I’m not from Geneva, or Kane County for that matter. However, I saw the article “ ‘It’s a really nice story’ – Geneva embracing homecoming couple” trending on Facebook and felt compelled to write back to the establishment that published this article.
Let me start off by first saying that it is quite a nice change of pace to read something inspirational and kindhearted in the news versus a tragedy or crime. I know that all of the news cannot be that way, but it is important to include pieces that show how warmhearted society can be.
For an organized body of high school students to decide together to give these students – who would realistically not be your average candidates for homecoming royalty – a glimpse of popularity and acceptance is something that I did not ever think I would see.
I am a special education major at Quincy University, so this story really touched my heart. In a world where we unfortunately find that many individuals are picked on for their differences, it is nice to see that somewhere a group of young adults felt compelled to give these students acceptance. After all, most students with disabilities only want to feel that they fit in. However, their peers did more than that because the students were elected to homecoming royalty because of their differences and what makes them special.
In preparing to enter the world of educating students with disabilities, this story gives me a lot of hope as to what the future status of these individuals can be. In a community that respects differences and admires them, anything is possible.