Casteel High offers diversity education with book Wonder

The Casteel High School library received a grant from the city of Chandler Diversity Office, from which it purchased 47 copies of the book “Wonder” by Palacio.

The theme of the campaign is “Choose Kind.” The book centers on a boy who is born with multiple facial deformities. He is home-schooled until grade six, when his parents sent him to a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunts and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.

Students in grades six–10 who have read the book, thought it gave them a better understanding of what it is like to be different, and how to make school easier for special students.

In an effort to encourage reading the book and choosing to be kind, all students who have or are reading the book can enter their names into a contest to win a “Kind” bar. The library will select one name every day for one month. They will also sign their name to a bulletin board in the library that states they “Choose Kind.”

What initiated the grant writing was the fact that Casteel, 24901 S. Power Road in Queen Creek, will have a self-contained special education classroom next year taught by Sawyer Merrill.

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