Once there she immediately runs into problems when the reigning star of the school is threatened by Grace and makes her a target for mean taunts and pranks. With a nod to the times, this takes the form of an embarrassing dance video of Grace being posted online. It takes the help of her friends to prove what's happening to Grace.
Turning the situation into a positive, Grace builds on her Internet popularity to recruit viewers to contribute toward a benefit show the school puts on to help save their school when budget cuts threaten it's closure. She overcomes her stage fright just in time to be the star of the show. One message from the video that I really liked was, Grace learning being different is okay; that you don't have to dance like everyone else to have talent.
Another is a reminder to teachers, and really all adults, that what we say to kids can really have an impact. Turns out something a teacher said to Grace is what started her stage fright to begin with. While I don't say harsh things like that to my daughter, I did I find myself biting my tongue later on when I got frustrated practicing sight words with my daughter and on the verge of asking her how could she not know that word yet! Instead I moved had her move onto practicing her handwriting while I got my cool back!
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