This November, the movie Wonder based on the critically acclaimed novel was released. The story is based on the young adult book by the same name, which was written by R.J Palacio. Wonder focuses on the life of Auggie, a young boy who was born with a severe facial deformity. When it comes time for Auggie to enter middle school, his mom decides to stop homeschooling him, and sends him to a local school. Students in Auggie’s new school are slow to accept him. Some children make fun of him and call him names, while others avoid him completely. It’s not until Jack and Summer look past Auggie’s appearance and see him for who he is that the other students are able to do the same.
As soon as I heard about Wonder, I grabbed Mallory, Jodi, Cathy & Jordyn to go see it. We learned so much and truly enjoyed taking the time to see this special film together. We each had different takeaways and reasons that the film was meaningful in the work we do for camp and it got us talking… We discussed the dangers of social engineering kids, about how kids are more tolerant than we sometimes give them credit for, that sometimes growing up is harder on the parents than the kids, and we were reminded just how incredible each individual child can be when they are nurtured to be themselves.
This is what fed our decision to make sure that we use the central theme of “spreading kindness” to inform the things we do in camp this summer. We want each camper to be able channel their “inner-Jack or Summer,” two characters in the film who showed kindness to Auggie and were able to do the right thing and see past Auggies disabilities. We’ll be highlighting random acts of kindness through our camp bracelets, fostering an environment of tolerance and acceptance and continuing to remind each other why Yachad R-O-C-K-S!