McFarland USA – A Movie Teachers Will Love

Posted on: February 24th, 2015 by Kay Swatkowski

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You get the best effort from others not by lighting a fire beneath them, but by building a fire within.

Bob Nelson

           I love inspiring films. I especially love any movie that shows the ability of adults (often teachers) to challenge kids to see their own potential and set their own goals. McFarland USA, a recent Kevin Costner release, inspires, challenges and reminds us that young people can overcome the most difficult situations with the right motivation and loving support.

        Kevin Costner plays Coach White. The Coach moves his family to a small town in California – McFarland. The majority of McFarland’s citizens are pickers who work in the fields. Every morning, before school, middle and high school aged boys hop into a pick up truck and put in grueling hours of work before heading to school. Most feel they are trapped in this lifestyle forever.  Coach White recognizes the potential in a group of these young teens and helps them learn perseverance and team work as they train for cross country running.

        This is a movie I want all of my grandkids to see. I would also love to sit in a theater with some of my teacher friends and express my gratitude for what they do each day to inspire children.

        I hope you will check it out soon.

Are you a grandparent who longs to influence your grandchildren on their spiritual journey. Please check out my devotional for grandparents at Amazon. A Grandmother’s Prayers: 60 Days of Devotions and Prayer




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