McKamy Middle School (MMS) is spreading the love of reading and kindness through a recent voluntary campus-wide book study based on RJ Palacio’s book “Wonder.”
“Wonder” is a book about August Pullman, a boy born with a facial deformity, which showcases his journey of beginning school as an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face.
To culminate the book study, students were invited to attend and hear an evening panel discussion involving two fellow Lewisville ISD students who have had multiple craniofacial surgeries, similar to the main character in the book.
“I contacted a representative at the Children’s Craniofacial Association and they put me in contact with our guest panelists and their families,” MMS Library Media Specialist Katie Cox said. “They shared their experiences of having multiple surgeries, and also what it’s like when strangers stare or people make comments.”
In addition to the panel discussion, attendees were able to enjoy food, games and makerspace activities.
“It was pretty sweet meeting our panelists and learning about how people treat them and their life stories,” MMS sixth-grader George Hanashian said. “It makes me want to help other people more.”
The main theme throughout the book is to choose to be kind even in difficult situations. Therefore, MMS book club members have been selling blue wristbands that say, “McKamy Chooses Kind,” in order to raise money to make a donation to the Children’s Craniofacial Association. So far, the campus has collected approximately $150 from the wristband sales.
“I hope students enjoyed the experience of sharing a book with many other people and having a starting point for a conversation,” Cox said. “I also hope the message of acceptance and kindness in the book was reinforced by meeting our two young guest speakers.”
To learn more about what students thought about the book study, watch the inspirational video they created here.
See more photos from the panel discussion and more here.
For those who are interested in purchasing a wristband, please email MMS’ Library Media Specialist Katie Cox at email@example.com.