Craniofacial Foundation's very own Board Member, Danielle Alvarez Greer, represented the CFA and Reality Formula For Kids at a New York panel discussion about the children's book Wonder. Danielle has been a member of the CFA board for many years and also serves on the Palate 2 Palette planning committee.
The event took place at the Croton Free Library, and consisted of a fascinating panel of experts facilitating the discussion of the book. In addition to Danielle, the other panelists included: Dr. Ed Fuhrman, Superintendent of Schools, Jeanine Isabella, School Counselor, Dr. Bob Milich, Clinical Psychologist, and the Dankelson Family, whose son Peter has a craniofacial difference. The moderator of the event was Tina Jordan of Entertainment Weekly.
Wonder was the book of the month for the Craniofacial Foundation back in 2014. The book centers around Auggie, a 10-year old boy who was born with a severe craniofacial difference. After being homeschooled for his entire life, he enters public school for his 5th grade year. Because he looks different, he sometimes has a more difficult time maneuvering the already confusing school experience. The novel incorporates several different points of view, including Auggie’s, those of his parents, and also those of teachers, mean classmates and friends. All Auggie wants is to make friends, be understood, and have the opportunity to grow. Ultimately, the novel stresses that, “When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kindness.”
In her discussion, Danielle introduced the hashtag #choosekindthoughts. We are proud of Danielle and her willingness to represent the CFA and help spark the discussion of the treatment of children born with craniofacial differences.
For more information on Danielle's Reality Formula For Kids, click here.