Tuesday, April 9, 2019

#WonderWednesday: Madisyn Helps Western Pennsylvania Students Choose Kind

Madisyn and Connoquenessing Valley Elementary School teachers. 

Editor's Note: Many thanks to Madisyn! She encouraged her school to #choosekind. Teacher Audrey Buban shares what it is like to have Madisyn in the classroom in the text below.

Thank you for your amazing fundraising, too. $800 is a huge amount. What an impact you are having! Just think, everyone who purchased one of those bracelets has a reminder on their arm at all times to #ChooseKind. You are making the world a better place one wrist at a time. 

Connoquenessing Valley Elementary School within the Seneca Valley School District has been spreading the awareness and acceptance of craniofacial conditions. We were motivated to action by one of our first grade students. Her name is Madisyn and she has Crouzon Syndrome. This year we watched her undergo yet another surgery with an inspiring level of positivity and bravery. Over the past two months we have:

1) Read and discussed the books "Wonder" and "We Are All Wonders" by R. J. Palacio during class meetings.
2) Made a school-wide kindness chain with an act of kindness described by each of our students on each link of the chain.
3) Had the wonderful pleasure of having Nick Weise (an amazing gentleman who has a craniofacial condition)  come and share his story with our school.
4) Raised $800 for the Children’s Craniofacial Association through the sale of "Choose Kind" Bracelets.

We are so proud of our sweet Madisyn. She is strong, feisty, funny, and kind. She is a role model for her peers and loved by our entire school."

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