It's not everyday we run into little kids with BIG messages. How often do we see young kids take on subjects like #Anti-bullying and/or #Downs Syndrome Awareness AND their message travels around the world?
This is the case with Sarah Grace and her brother MattyB.
WHO IS MattyB? When you have a car full of kids ages 5 through 9 (or older), you'll quickly be educated on who he is. You'll learn about all of his Youtube music hits, with views in the multi-millions / billions.
In this case at the dance studio, you will learn all about his sister, Sarah Grace.
He uses his platform to send positive messages. His #Anti-bullying video went viral with over six million views worldwide nearly overnight. The video has over 85 million views today.
WHO IS Sarah Grace?
On "bring a friend to dance day" in May, we were quickly informed and educated on who Sarah Grace is by the 'friends we brought to dance' that day. They knew her instantly and I was quickly informed.
She is MattyB's younger sister. She has Down Syndrome. She is a celebrity.
Next, I was told all about his videos featuring Sarah Grace. They told me all about the anti-bullying messages, all about Downs Syndrome and how MattyB raises awareness on this topic and features his sister.
Never did I expect the day when kids, ages 6 and 8, were educating me on Down Syndrome or Anti-bullying. This is thanks to MattyB, his sister Sarah Grace, and their family.
Up until this day, I had not known about Mattyb and his worldwide reach. I only knew about my daughter's friend, Sarah Grace, from ballet.
WHY DOES ALL OF THIS MATTER?
All year, we've been hearing about our daughter's new friend from ballet, Sarah Grace. It wasn't from videos, internet, or television.
Maybe my daughter took a liking to her as we recently had a baby with Downs born into our family back in Ohio. We were still working on finding our if her heart was going to be ok, if she could swallow food safely, how to communicate via sign language, etc. It was all new and everyone was learning to sort through all the information out there.
To see Sarah Grace happy and dancing was a bright light to us all year.
To find the work that MattyB and his family are doing to help bring awareness to special needs has been a shining light. They started the SarahGraceClub and it's a platform to reach around the world - to inform, educate, inspire.
"And the message traveled all around the world." From FOXNews interviewhere
(He was 11!)
MEDIA / SOCIAL MEDIA IMPACT
You don't have to be a rap fan to appreciate MattyB's message(s).
We don't watch many YouTube videos at our house because I don't trust what's out there. My kids are obviously often behind the curve on the latest trends, fads, and stars.
(Read here where we had the chance to go to a Justin Bieber concert in Atlanta, but declined. Our perceptions did change later, but not because of what we saw on tv).
It almost seems that the same kids from the bus, class, school who were continually pointing out all the poor behavior of Justin Bieber at the time ... are the same kids who are talking about all the positive things about MattyB. At least, that seems to be the case on our road, our school bus, our classroom as relayed by my third grader.
ALL THE MORE THANKFUL When we learned more about what this family was doing, I became all the more thankful for their work. His mom / dad / family deserve special recognition for making it possible to share their kids positive messages. It is rare these days.
On the way home from dance that day, I had to promise not to tell the kids' mom about who we saw at ballet. They couldn't wait to tell their mom and dad they saw Sarah Grace. It was a big deal.
Sarah Grace is like a celebrity.
#Finding celebrities in unexpected places. #SarahGrace
The little brothers watching their big sisters and Sarah Grace dance