Wyoming Arts Council

Matthew Shepard storybook celebrates tolerance and diversity

From the Matthew Shepard Foundation:

Small Bear, Big Dreams is the Matthew Shepard Foundation’s Pre K-12 educational program that teaches the values of respect for all people and focuses on the acceptance and understanding of individual differences.

Small Bear, Big Dreams chronicles the life of Matthew Shepard in the form of a children’s storybook. Within its pages, teddy bears celebrate Matthew’s life and aspirations as well as his struggles. A vision of hope and the celebration of diversity are central to this touching story.

This educational program, available fall 2007, will include activity worksheets for students and a series of classroom supplements. The lessons take a pro-active approach to teach values of compassion, acceptance and respect; as well as promote the promise that one person can make a difference. By providing resources and a framework, we will complement and strengthen the work already in progress in the campaign against hate, bullying, prejudice, hate language and intolerance.

The activity worksheets and classroom supplements are in the final stages of development and will be available for download this fall.

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