True Colors

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Warning: The video above is all sorts of cute and adorable but also really something special.

A group of students from Olympic Primary Center in the Los Angeles Unified School District perform Cyndi Lauper’s anthem, “True Colors,” as part of an end of the year celebration before moving on to the 1st grade.

Mr. Arturo Avina chose the song to help teach the kids (and viewers) to “love yourself, and always show love, kindness, and respect to others no matter who they are. Regardless of ethnicity, sex, gender, religious creed, or sexual orientation, EVERYONE is worthy of love.”

And the lesson sunk in with his students. On, Avina wrote:

After a few weeks of rehearsal and learning lyrics, I asked, “What do you think the song is about?” One student replied, “God doesn’t like the world to be black and white, so he made many colors to make it beautiful.” Yes! His thinking was on the right track and I was elated to hear that the message was getting through.

He later explained:

I did not need to push any specific “agenda” or single out any particular group of people when I discussed the meaning of this song with my students—it wasn’t necessary. Addressing diversity isn’t anything new in my classroom, and if the song’s message really made it through to my students and they truly internalized the importance of universal love and respect, then that should automatically translate to inclusivity. If they’re taught to love unconditionally, then they should understand that there is not one group of people that is the exception to the rule. As these children go on to first grade (and beyond), what better message is there than that?