Tuesday, August 22, 2017

#WonderWednesday: Get Curriculum & Invite A Real-Life Auggie To Your School


Let Children's Craniofacial Association help you bring R.J. Palacio's "Wonder" into your school's  curriculum this year by reading the book, using CCA's cool program packs, and inquiring about having a "Real Life Auggie" visit your school. 

Would your child like to be one of our CCA WonderKids? We are contacted by more and more Elementary and Middle schools who want to be connected with a "Real-Life Auggie," who is the main character from the book, "Wonder." This is one of the elements of CCA's Choose Kind program. 

Parents, let your schools know all that we have to offer to support them in teaching the message of kindness from this significant book to our community. We have everything from bookmarks to the ChooseKind pledge that your students can take at the beginning of the school year. 

Cards and words of encouragement written by a class after they read "Wonder."

The student response in the schools that have run our programs and curriculum packs has been impressive. Other project ideas that CCA offers students are a penpal program, Skype sessions, and visits by the aforementioned "Real Life Auggies", our CCA Kindness ambassadors. Your students could be writing letters, sending cards to the Wonder Kid we assign you. Many receive standing ovations at the assemblies  they are part of when they visit the schools. 

If your child would like to volunteer to visit a school or if you are interested in CCA's curriculum packs, contact Annie Reeves, areeves@ccakids.com. Your child must be between the ages of 9-18 to participate. 

All of these cool ideas will help you teach this important book to your children. Hopefully, it will change the way they see and treat others this school year and in the ones to come!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

We Are A Community

By Rasheera Dopson 
Rasheera Dopson lives in Atlanta, GA. Her mission is to empower young men and women in the areas of self-esteem and confidence. She hopes that in sharing her story she can spread the message of overcoming adversity. In her spare time she enjoys blogging, watching 90s sitcoms, and volunteering in her local community. She recently earned a scholarship from NBCUniversal to study communications. She will begin classes at Syracuse University soon. 

Over the past few weeks, I have had a lot of time to think about my experience at the Children’s Craniofacial Association Retreat and Symposium and to say that I’m at a loss for words is an understatement. However, I will do my best to express the impact this organization has had on my life and the craniofacial community as a whole.

First, let me say that being a part of any community is one of the most formative experiences with other people that we may have beyond the family unit. I consider myself extremely blessed to be a part of something much larger than myself. You see, I love using the word community when referencing people with craniofacial conditions, because it sends a consistent message to myself and the world at large that “despite our facial differences we are strong and we are proud" because we have one another.

We all know the famous saying “United we stand, divided we fall.” I feel those exact same sentiments when speaking about the craniofacial community. We are stronger as one.  I express myself so passionately because I am sure I speak for all people affected by craniofacial differences, across the globe, that the words “pride” and “community” have not always been in our vocabulary.  Instead, most of us know well the burden of feeling alone, isolated, and not included.

Nevertheless, there is something powerful when you realize you are not alone. For me, this epiphany came to me at the CCA Annual Retreat and Symposium. I am sure many of you reading this have also found that moment coming into the CCA community -- that sense of safety and support—knowing that you have people who share in your struggles and strengths standing next to you and behind you fighting the greater fight.

This is what I felt at the CCA Annual Retreat. I felt connected and I felt proud. I remember leaving the retreat and walking through the airport so unapologetic, so confident and assured of where I belong. I trusted I was part of a group of people I was proud to represent.  That day walking into the airport I did not do my best to try to hide or ignore the stares, but rather I stuck my chest out because I wanted to be seen. I wanted the world to not only see my face. I wanted the world to know that my face was one out of hundreds of thousands of the different faces with which I was just in community. And boy is our community strong. Even though no single person at the retreat was related to me by blood, somehow we are all connected through our shared life experiences filled with doctors and bullying.

The craniofacial community, though we might be small, is changing the way the world relates to and stigmatizes differences.  I am honored to be a part of a community that displays kindness and warmth, passion, and compassion. A place were a different person can feel loved and accepted. I look forward to sharing the knowledge of my community to all whom will listen because I truly believe our differences can change the world!  

Thursday, August 17, 2017

#ThankfulThursday: 10th Annual 'Links of Love' Scheduled for Friday, September 29, 2017

We are thankful for the 10th Annual Links of Love tournament that will take place on Friday, September 29, 2017, to benefit Children’s Craniofacial Association (CCA). Your funds raised through this fun event will help children born with craniofacial disorders receive the medical care they need from qualified surgeons to complete life-altering surgeries so they can talk, eat, hear, and see.

Firewheel Golf Park in Garland, TX will host golfers again this year. Registration begins at 11:30AM. We encourage participants to arrive early to check out the exciting auction items available for bidding, grab a box lunch, and to take a few practice swings before heading out on the course. A shotgun start begins at 1:00PM. Enjoy complimentary drinks while you play. After your round of golf, share a barbeque dinner with your golf friends, earn prizes, and find out who won the silent auction items. 

Golfers will be able to participate in a 4-man scramble for $125 per player, or sponsor a team for $500. Participants receive free lunch, dinner, and beverages on the course. CCA has different sponsorship packages available for those looking to gain some marketing in return. Sponsor names will be reflected on pin flags, hole signs, cart signs, banners, social media and in our printed newsletter with over 15,000 subscribers. Those unable to attend are encouraged to spread the word to their golf loving friends and you can even register to “sleep in” and still receive donor acknowledgement, a golf glove, a goody bag, and more!

Links of Love is in its 10th year and has been a very successful fundraiser for Children’s Craniofacial Association. CCA hopes to raise $25,000 this year. We need your help to make this goal a reality. Learn more about the tournament at our website, bit.ly/ccalinks

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

#WonderWednesday: Wonder Certified Kind Classroom

Teachers, students, and parents spread the word about the Wonder Certified Kind Classroom brought to us by Random House and Lionsgate. The publisher of the book and the production company behind the movie came together to create this website filled with a great resource guide, activities, and Facebook page to interact and learn from other students from other schools.  Get involved today!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Check Your Mailbox for the CCA Newsletter

It's time to check your mailboxes, because it is newsletter time. Read all the good news as we get closer to Retreat. Learn all about the great fundraisers, courageous stories, and fun events that are on the horizon.