Wednesday, May 8, 2019

#WonderWednesday: Pete's Diary, Harmony 4 Hope, and Illinois Middle School Attuned For Kindness

Thank you to the students of Lake Zurich Middle School North in Hawthorn Woods, IL. Pete's Diary gave a #ChooseKind assembly at their school for 715 middle school students, who had all read the book "Wonder." The students did more than read and listen to Peter and Dede Dankelson speak, they took action too, compiling items for surgery care packages and hosting a fundraiser at their local Barnes and Noble store. CCA is grateful to North Zurich's thoughtful PTO who organized all of these efforts to help our kids. The money will be used to help CCA Kids gain access to medical care for life-saving surgeries, families to network at our annual retreat, and provide educational materials to new students. 

The good vibes continued as CCA and Lake Zurich Middle School North, widened the circle to include Harmony 4 Hope (H4H), a local Illinois-based nonprofit, whose mission is "using music to fuel scientific discoveries in rare disease, educate medical students and unite people for rare disease." Kerry Hughes, H4H Executive Director, lives in the Lake Zurich school district, so it only felt natural to be part of the festivities at the middle school. H4H encouraged students to submit songs for a #ChooseKind playlist dedicated to CCA Kids. The playlist was posted to Spotify. Take a listen. The students hope that these songs may help you get through a difficult day, lift your spirits, and provide inspiration.

Many thanks to Lake Zurich Middle School North and Harmony 4 Hope. We are honored to have all your donations, care packages, and Spotify playlist. 

Keep #ChoosingKind!

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