To kick off the 2018-2019 school year, Pine Grove Middle School (PGM) faculty, staff, and student body completed a school-wide book study, Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. Throughout the entire book, the message of showing kindness to others resonated. This became our 2018-2019 school theme, in which this book also inspired the “Choose Kind” movement here at “The Grove.”
A brief synopsis of the book, Wonder: August “Auggie” Pullman is the main character. He was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face.
In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel “a meditation on kindness”—indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough, who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out!
Recently, our Community Club visited a local nursing home to give our “Choose Kind” student paintings to give to patients.
PGM also showed “kindness” to our sister schools, Hahira and Lowndes Middle Schools in which we placed “BE KIND” signs in the front of each school. Two of our administrators, Mrs. Smith—Principal and Mr. Clemons—Assistant Principal, delivered a “sweet treat” on Monday, September 24, 2018, for every teacher and student to enjoy. In addition, we donated a copy of the book, Wonder, to add to each school’s library collection.
In keeping with the theme of R.J. Palacio’s book, Wonder, PGM challenges YOU, to “Be Kind.”