The Week of Respect at Maplewood Middle School will culminate in two assemblies titled The myFace Wonder Project, which is based on The New York Times bestseller, Wonder by R.J. Palacio.
The public is welcome to attend. Starting times are 9.30 a.m. and 10.40 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 at Maplewood Middle School, 7 Burnet Street, Maplewood.
Youthnet, a nonprofit serving the teen population of Maplewood and South Orange, worked in collaboration with Maplewood Middle’s Home-School Association to bring The myFace Wonder Project team to the school.
The book Wonder is about a 10 year-old boy with a rare medical facial deformity (called a craniofacial difference) who enters private school after being homeschooled his whole life; his experiences and the experiences of his classmates. Wonder has also been made into a movie that will premiere in theaters this fall.
Through discussion, interactive exercises, and Q&A with a person who has a craniofacial difference, the goal of The myFace Wonder Project is to educate children and young adults on the importance of having compassion, celebrating uniqueness, and always choosing to be kind.
YouthNet hopes to bring the program to South Orange Middle School as well during the 2017-18 school year. More information on The myFace Wonder project can be found myface.org/the-myface-wonder-project, and information about YouthNet can be found at somayouthnet.org.