GHS Students to Walk Red Carpet for ''Unbroken'' Sequel
Several Granbury High School students will walk the red carpet for the movie premiere of Unbroken: Path to Redemption on September 6, 2018, at the Highland Park Village Theatre in Dallas.
Through Project Based Learning, students in world geography classes taught by Heather Fuller read the book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. The 2010 biography by Laura Hillenbrand tells the story of Olympic track star Louis Zamperini, who served in the Pacific Theater during the war and then spent time in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. The bombardier passed away in 2014.
Prior to the red carpet premiere event, Fuller and five students – Lizbeth Beccera, Tyler Ellis, Whitney Gilley, Brock Holmgreen, and Mary Withey – will participate in a press junket including multiple interviews with several reporters.
The GHS teacher said she was motivated to include the book in her lessons not only to teach students about history and geography but also to teach them about overcoming adversity and insurmountable odds. Students read the book, watch the movie, and then gather for many discussions about Zamperini’s life.
The story “resonates on so many thematic levels with the ideas of hope, faith, and dignity,” Fuller commented. “It allowed the students to see a different perspective within a larger context, and it allowed them to find their own voice.”
Fuller’s students made an impression on Zamperini’s son, Luke, and his wife, Lisa, who travelled to Granbury in July to film the teacher, students, and others speaking about their studying of the book and Louis’s story. The couple lead the Louis Zamperini Foundation, which collaborated with Fuller to develop curriculum for other teachers and schools.
“A compelling story like that of my father . . . in a Project Based Learning style is having an effect on these kids that’s going to last them their entire lives,” stated Luke Zamperini. With this story told in this way in school districts across the country, we can make a real difference in the way our kids are growing up and the values they will take with them into adulthood.”
“I know I saw a difference in my classes,” said Fuller. “After we read it, they’re more compassionate, they’re more understanding, they’re more willing to listen to each other. . . . Imagine if we were just able to have that small kindness, that small positive effort, we could counter (negativity). You could have this counterculture that could fight the lack of hope that we see in our society and our modern era. And that’s powerful because that’s how you work towards solutions.”
The sequel will be in movie theaters beginning September 14. The original motion picture released in 2014 starred Jack O’Connell and was directed by Angelina Jolie.
Pictured are Fuller and students with Luke and Lisa Zamperini at the high school in June.
YouTube video of Fuller and students: https://youtu.be/q0JbcyOOUsg