Ridgeview Middle School (RVMS) will host the Wonder Run 5K Friday, February 21 as an extension of the district’s “One Book, One Community” initiative. All proceeds will be donated to the Children’s Craniofacial Association (CCA).
CCA is a national nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with facial differences and their families, according to the organization’s website. Through CCA Ridgeview students have been introduced to Shelby and Jeremy, middle school children with craniofacial differences who live in other parts of the United States.
“From when we first started reading ‘Wonder’ our students wanted to know if Auggie was real,” said Ridgeview Librarian Linda Kay. “Connecting with Shelby and Jeremy and hearing their very real experiences has really brought this initiative home. It has changed the overall culture and thought processes at our school.”
The Wonder Run 5K begins at 6:30 p.m. at the RVMS track, 2000 Via Sonoma Trail, Round Rock. The race entry fee is $5.
“The students wanted to make this a really fun experience, so it is a glow run,” Kay said.
Prizes will be awarded to the participant wearing the most glow-in-the-dark accessories. Prizes will also be awarded to the first-place finishers in elementary school, middle school, high school and adult categories.
Round Rock ISD students, staff and community members have been reading and sharing “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio throughout the year as part of the “One Book, One Community” initiative funded by the 2013 H-E-B Excellence in Education Large District Award proceeds.
“Wonder” challenges readers to be kinder than necessary. The book provides words of wisdom such as “when given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.” Readers follow the story of August (Auggie) Pullman who was born with a facial difference.