Letter: Grafton High movie will benefit One Fund, No Stomach For Cancer

I am writing to let you know about an opportunity for students, parents, and all members of the Grafton community. On Tuesday, May 7th, 7:00 p.m., we will be showing a movie called “Norman” in the Grafton High School Auditorium.

This is an independent film, which was only shown in select AMC theaters across the country in 2011. At that time, I attended the Boston screening because I had connected with the producers to talk about using it to raise awareness about stomach cancer, a cause of personal interest to me, something that one of the characters is battling.

The producers of “Norman” recently contacted me to see if Grafton High School would be interested in showing the movie at our school on the date that it will be released on DVD, May 7th. I was excited about the opportunity to do so because, although one of the characters happens to be faced with stomach cancer, this is a movie that deals with difficult times that high school students face. Although it deals with some tough topics including depression and loss, it ultimately includes some humor and ends in hope.

I will tell you that the movie was rated R due to strong language, though its storyline about a high school student is a clear indicator that it was targeted to an audience of high school students. We will have a permission slip for students who are not yet 17; we want to know that you have given them permission to attend this.

I wanted to share with you some links that will enable you to learn more about this movie. The links below include a trailer and two movie reviews.

Movie Trailer:

www.normanthemovie.com

Movie Reviews

http://articles.latimes.com/2011/oct/21/entertainment/la-et-norman-20111021

http://movies.nytimes.com/2011/10/21/movies/jonathan-segals-norman-review.html?_r=0

I am pleased to tell you that the effort to promote this is school-wide; almost every school group is doing its part to spread the word about this event. Some students in Mrs. D’Amato’s Marketing class are also helping to market it.

We are planning to have tables with information about stomach cancer as well as depression.  We believe that this is more than simply an occasion to see a movie. Rather, it is an opportunity to see the many emotions that our students deal with during high school. Whether you attend the movie or not with your child, we hope it will be an opportunity to check in with your child about how he/she is doing. Although a number of faculty members will be in attendance at this event, Ms. Ciampi, our school adjustment counselor, will be in attendance as a resource for our students/parents.

There is no set price to attend the movie, though a” Suggested Donation of $3″ would be great. Again, it is not necessary; our hope is that you will attend the movie. Any monies raised from this event will go to No Stomach For Cancer and The One Fund.

Meanwhile, I hope that you will check out the above links. Also, the producers will be doing some giveaways over the next week as the movie’s release on May 7th approaches. Check out Norman the movie on FB to participate in the giveaways.

Thanks so much for your interest and support of this event. We hope to see you on May 7th!

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions at lamberte@grafton.k12.ma.us

Beth Lambert

Grafton High School English Teacher

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