Hallmark Hall of Fame movie “Beyond the Blackboard” continues inspiring tradition
Hallmark Hall of Fame’s upcoming movie “Beyond the Blackboard,” based on a true story, centers on Stacey Bess’ first teaching job.
Bess (Emily VanCamp) is assigned to the School With No Name, which is just a space in a homeless shelter used as a classroom.
Without books, student desks, and other teaching essentials, Bess turns the makeshift schoolroom into a real one for the children of all ages she instructs, with the eventual assistance from school board official Dr. Warren (Treat Williams).
Bess also learns about herself and gains new perspective while changing the lives of her students and their families.
VanCamp is proficient at portraying the kindheartedness of Bess without being cloying, and Williams lends a nice hand in his supporting role.
All of the children playing the homeless students are genuine as well.
As is usual for Hallmark Hall of Fame movies, “Beyond the Blackboard” succeeds in providing inspiration to look at people in diverse situations with compassion and respect while demonstrating how much of a difference one person can make.
“Beyond the Blackboard” airs at 8 p.m. Sunday on CBS.
– Melissa Hayer
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