WSISD sold out two theaters on Nov. 28 so students and their families could watch “Wonder.” Inspired by the book about Auggie, a fifth grader who suffers from a severely deformed face, WSISD's "Wonder" Night kicked off the district's Choose Kind Campaign this year.
WSISD has our very own Wonder kid, Logan Brown, a Brewer High School sophomore who was born with Apert, a craniofacial diagnosis.
"I hope 'Wonder' increases awareness not only for my son but for other children and families affected by craniofacial diagnosis," said Logan's mom, Lisa Brown. "Oftentimes, children and adults don't know how to respond when they encounter someone with a facial difference, so they just avoid it altogether."
Logan has had 14 surgeries to date. Brown said she hopes families who read the book and/or see the movie will know it's okay to teach their children at a young age what to do in situations when they are faced with someone who looks different.
"Let's face it, kids are very curious and honest," she said. "By answering their questions in a sincere and honest way, this empowers them to accept rather than fear."
WSISD implemented the Choose Kind Campaign four years ago when Logan was transitioning to middle school, and Lisa approached school officials with the idea of educating students and families about craniofacial disorders.
"The WSISD Choose Kind Campaign has already made an impact on my son's life," she said. "He no longer worries if he will get made fun of at school, but we do still deal with the stares when we go to public places on a daily basis."
The Choose Kind Campaign stems from the "Wonder" book, which is used as a vehicle for discussions about kindness, bullying, responsibility, overcoming challenges, and friendship.