In Mrs. Kane’s class, fourth graders are reading the book Wonder this fall to help them become better people as a class. The book Wonder is about a boy named August who has a really badly deformed face. He is 10 years old and has had 27 surgeries. The book is a fiction story. The theme of the book is that it doesn’t matter what a person looks like on the outside, because the person could be really sweet and nice on the inside.
The fourth graders are also participating in a “Choose Kind” challenge sponsored by Wonder author R.J. Palacio. They are reporting acts of kindness they see from another fourth grader and placing a marble in a kindness jar for each kind act. When the marble jar is full, they will send a photo of it to R.J. Palacio and be entered to win a donation to a charity of their choice. “Every little act of kindness counts,” said Gracie. Sara added, “It has helped people be more kind.” Even teachers are noticing random acts of kindness. “I think it is a great way for kids to see with their eyes how important it is to be kind to each other,” said Mrs. Massucco. The goal is to help people be kind, whether they are in fourth grade or not!