Deal Island, Maryland elementary school teacher, Michelle Messick contacted us to share her "Wonder" story. Her class will be sending two families to CCA's Annual Retreat and Educational Symposium Day. She tells us how her students raised the money for CCA and the activities she planned around the book. Messick inspired these students to give back in a big way. Two families will benefit from this small community's hard work. Thank you so very much for all the kindness, love, and gratitude emanating from Maryland. You will have a profound effect on our craniofacial community in June. Thank you!
Ms. Messick writes...
Our class decided to raise the money after reading “Wonder." CCA graciously donated the books last year to our school because I had to borrow a class set every year. This year my students felt led after reading materials from CCA to send a student to the annual retreat.
Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine raising enough money to send TWO families! Our school, Deal Island Elementary, is located in a small community, Deal Island in Somerset County, Maryland (Eastern Shore of Maryland). The students brought in donations to create a gift basket to raffle with “Wonder," “Auggie and Me," 365 Days of Wonder, a $50 movie gift card and a TShirt we made for our trip to see Wonder on the big screen. What makes this so impressive in my eyes is that all of the money raised was raised by only 16 students in a period of about 7 weeks! We like to use the phrase “small, but mighty” to describe ourselves because even though we are a small school, in a small community, my students are capable of doing mighty things.
I wish I captured their faces when I told them how much money they raised! One student said, “I have never felt this happy and I didn’t win!” That is what is is all about; feeling good because you did something for someone else. Needless to say, I am one very proud teacher on so many levels!