HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - One fifth grader at Saint James Intermediate School was nominated as a Student Spotlight by her principals and teachers for being a role model at school and for taking initiative to stop bullying.
Sophia Wilson has a condition of dwarfism called achondroplasia and believes everyone should be treated equally.
“It says genetics made us small, but we stand tall and proud," Sophia said reading a poster aloud.
October has been declared National Dwarfism Awareness Month by the Little People of America or LPA.
"Let’s all wear green every Thursday through the month of October to raise awareness about dwarfism and to show support and understanding for one of our very own SJIS students - fifth grader Sophia Wilson.”
As she read those words, Sophia recalled how it made her feel seeing the posters around school.
“It felt, good, it really did, and more people will know about me now, so that was good so I won’t be called you know, the “m” word or get stared at as much," Sophia said.
There are more than 200 different types of dwarfism, and Sophia explained achondroplasia is the most common. It was her idea to help raise awareness at school.
“Because everyone is different and some people it shows more and other people just don’t understand that, so I wanted part of it to be dwarfism, but just bullying,” she added.
Sophia is a social group leader for fifth grade where she counsels students who have disabilities, and she has also been involved in soccer and drama club.
“I might be different and small, but I still have feelings. I can still walk and do what other people do, I just do it differently and it might take a little longer and it’s okay to be different," stated Sophia.
She explained her favorite part about being a student at Saint James Intermediate School.
“This school is really new and nice and everyone here is so nice, the students the teachers and the principals are really nice here," she said.
As far as advice for other kids to hear, Sophia said proudly,“You’re better than you think you are, you’re brave, you’re smart, you’re funny, you’re kind and don’t make yourself down and be who you really are.”