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The book 'Wonder' is being used as a teaching tool in local school

Posted: 4:28 PM, Apr 20, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-20 23:53:45Z

The New York times best seller, Wonder, by R.J. Palacio is inspiring kids to choose to be kind.

Students at North Collins Elementary School have all read the book or have seen parts of the movie.

The main character, Auggie Pullman, is entering fifth grade after being homeschooled. Auggie was born with Treacher Collins Syndrome, which causes underdeveloped facial bones.

The book and movie is bringing attention to what life is like for children living with facial differences.

The myFace organization is a non-profit organization helping those living with facial differences. 

According to myFace, about 600,000 individuals have been diagnosed with a craniofacial condition in the United States.

myFace works with children living with facial differences and their families to provide comprehensive care by funding medical, surgical, dental and psychosocial services as well as research and public awareness.

On Friday, myFace representatives went to North Collins Elementary to bring awareness to those living with facial differences through the power of art. 

The presentation taught students on how to be upstanders.

"If you don't be an upstander then people will be getting made fun of and there would be more bullies... a lot more bullies," Brody, 5th grader, said.

myFace has visited 53 school across the Northeast this year and has reached more than 11,000 students.

For more information about the organization, myFace, click here.

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