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Powerful lesson in kindness: Parents take daughter to schools to teach about disabilities, differences

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CHICAGO — Mary Cate Lynch sat in her mother’s arms before a class of fifth-graders at Oriole Park Elementary School. The 2 1¿2-year-old can’t speak many words yet. But she has mastered a bit of sign language.

“Mary Cate, what’s your favorite sign?” asked her mother.

The blond-haired, blue-eyed child twisted a finger to her cheek and made the sign for — what else? — candy.

That made the fifth-graders in the classroom laugh.

It was a sweet moment of…

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