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myFace Wonder Book Project Campaign

The myFace Wonder Project

The overarching goal of The myFace Wonder Project is to strengthen civil society by promoting acceptance, kindness and civic engagement, with a focus among adolescents.

Wonder BookWonder is the story of Auggie, who, after being homeschooled, enters the 5th grade of a regular school. Though he’s had 27 surgeries, Auggie’s features still “look like they’ve been melted, like the drippings of a candle”, earning him nicknames like “Freak” and “Lizard Face”. Despite his physical ailments, Auggie’s an engaging boy who’s smart, funny, kind and brave, and who feels pretty normal inside.

The character, Auggie, was born with Treacher Collins Syndrome, characterized by multiple anomalies such as absent cheekbones and ears, diminutive jaw, near deafness and the need for a tracheostomy. Ms. RJ Palacio wrote Wonder as a result of an encounter of her sons with a young child with Treacher Collins Syndrome in a Brooklyn ice cream parlor. Her boys’ negative reaction towards this child compelled her to conduct extensive research and write this endearing novel in order to raise awareness about difference and to teach people to be kind.

Partnering with Sprigeo and Facing History and Ourselves, myFace developed a middle-school curriculum based on Wonder by RJ Palacio, to raise community awareness of the social stigma surrounding facial difference. Through Wonder, readers have found a story and a person to whom they can relate, and therefore an ideal catalyst for empathy. The curriculum and educational project encourages students to consider how individual decisions impact the course of their fellow students’ lives and how their own choices can help shape our society today.

With 30% of our students nationally reporting bullying, our objective is to reduce that number to 0% for all students that have undergone our curriculum.

0
Students reportedly skip school daily
for fear of bullying.

If each bully can internalize empathy and choose compassion, we can break the cycle.
No student should lose out on his or her education due to intimidation.

With 30% of our students nationally reporting bullying, our objective is to reduce that number to 0% for all students that have undergone our curriculum.

0
Students reportedly skip school daily
for fear of bullying.

If each bully can internalize empathy and choose compassion, we can break the cycle. No student should lose out on his or her education due to intimidation.

Please support the myFace Wonder Project
with a contribution today.

Your Generous Contributions Will Help Us

  • Develop a broad marketing campaign that targets educators and educational organizations to request the curriculum and incorporate its teachings in their classrooms.
  • Provide professional development for educators through workshops featuring Wonder. The workshops will familiarize teachers with the book, explore the companion study guide, deepen their understanding of the issue of facial difference and consider ways to use the book in the classroom.
  • Provide books to underserved schools.
  • Create patient histories by conducting video interviews of our patients to share their personal experiences as they relate to Wonder. Videos will be used in conjunction with the Wonder Curriculum to provide students with a first-hand account of living with a facial difference from the perspective of real-life Auggie’s.

SHARING IS CARING

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