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The myFace Wonder Project

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What is Wonder?

Wonder by R.J. Palacio is the story of August “Auggie” Pullman, a boy who 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. Palacio wrote “Wonder” as a result of an encounter her sons had 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 differences and to teach people to be kind – which is a message near and dear to myFace’s heart.

If your students are reading Wonder, by R.J. Palacio, The myFace Wonder Project can serve as a great compliment to the book. By bringing the story of Auggie Pullman to life, students can understand firsthand what it’s like to be bullied because of one’s differences.

Bring myFace to Your School

We invite your school to participate in The myFace Wonder Project, where students have the opportunity to “choose kindness” and make a big difference in the lives of others. The goal of the myFace Wonder Project and Assembly is to provide students with the tools they need to be an Upstander and unite against bullying, while also being empowered to identify and implement acts of kindness throughout your school and community.

Register and Receive:

  • The Wonder Kickoff Assembly (Customizable for elementary, middle, and high school)
  • “Choose Kindness” activity sheets, lesson plans, and morning announcements
  • Upstander Pledge Cards
  • Inspiring mission stories from members of the myFace community

Meet Our Speakers

The Wonder Project’s school assembly is the perfect way to introduce students to themes of inclusion, anti-bullying and choosing kindness. myFace speakers will engage students by sharing their personal stories of growing up with a craniofacial difference.  When the presentation concludes, students have the chance to ask questions and to take the Upstander pledge choosing to be an upstander and not a bystander. The Wonder Project is built for teachers and students to carry these critical themes and activities throughout the week or even month.

Dina is the heartbeat of myFace. Through sharing her story of growing up with a cleft lip, hearing loss, and no vision in her left eye, she has inspired thousands of students. When speaking at schools Dina tells her story and shares recollections of times she was bullied and excluded and how she turned those challenges into teachable moments.

Manny is a masterful speaker who draws from his life adversities to engage and inspire an audience to bring out the best in themselves and in others. Manny was born with a cleft lip and had many surgeries to help correct it throughout his childhood and adolescence. Manny has faced many challenges, which he now harnesses to empower people of all ages.

Sondra graduated from Emory University with a BA in Psychology.  She received her MA in Special Education from Columbia University with a specialization in behavioral disorders. Sondra was born with a cleft lip, and two of her three children were born with a cleft lip and palate as well. Sondra serves on the board of directors of myFace where she is dedicated to spreading the message of kindness and acceptance.

FAQs About The myFace Wonder Project Assembly

The cost for a school-wide assembly begins at $350, which will help myFace to maintain its commitment to patients and critical programs. See cost breakdown above.

Key months for the program include October (Anti-bullying month) and February – April. However, we will always work with your school on a date that
is best for teachers and students.

As we navigate Covid, assemblies will be conducted virtually until it is safe to offer a live option.

The presentation can be tailored for all grade levels, but with ideal range of 4th – 7th grade.

Approximately 30 – 45 minutes, which includes Q&A. However, it can be adjusted according to need.

It is not required. However, for those that are reading Wonder, the assembly is a perfect extension of the book and its themes.

There are opportunities to have your assembly funded by a generous donor. Please connect with myFace to learn more.

Zoom is preferred, but Google Classrooms works as well.

Yes, there is a pre-recorded assembly available.

Yes, myFace will provide materials so that teachers and students can incorporate kindness planning and activities all week or all month.

Assembly Cost Structure

  • $350 for one school-wide or grade-level assembly
  • $500 for up to 3 assemblies
  • $750 for a full day of grade-level or classroom assemblies
  • $100 pre-recorded assembly to share as needed
  • Fundraise through DIY school strategy – the $350 minimum must be achieved
  • Opportunity for Title I schools to request an assembly sponsored by friends of myFace

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