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The "Wonder" Project

$680 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 10 people in 9 months
Greetings!  I am a pediatrician in Southern California specialized in helping children  with learning differences and AD/HD. I am also the father of a fifth grader. In addition, I am a new member of the Signal Hill Rotary Club.

As a member of the Rotary Club, I am leading a project to get the book "Wonder" to every fifth grader in Long Beach, California. Last year, I sponsored my son's class to get "Wonder" to every student, but I want to expand that effort to the entire Long Beach Unified School District.

I first read "Wonder" with my son in 2014, and I was inspired by the powerful message about kindness in the book. Furthermore, the strength the these fictional characters also helps to establish an anti-bullying culture in schools. I also believe in supporting a home literacy program. Getting "Wonder" to every fifth grade student is a good way to start accomplishing all these goals.

I will personally present the books to the students during school assemblies in the 2018-19 academic year. There are 54 elementary schools in the district, and this project will provide 36 books per school.  I am working with the assistant superintendent and the PTA in coordinating this project.  I have also incorporated the book into the Common Core ELA curriculum with a classroom kit for the teachers.

I have applied for a grant from the Long Beach Rotary to fund this project, but I still need much more to meet the funding goal.  I will be donating at least $3,000 myself toward this project, and I am asking for your help to make this dream a reality.

Please consider donating toward this worthy cause.  Not only will you be inspiring young minds with this book, you'll be helping all of us to reach a better future where peace and kindness triumph over hate and ignorance.
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Distributing the books at Bryant Elementary on 9/27/18.
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Unfortunately, the Rotary grant did not get approved in time for the order deadline, and the PTA was unable to contribute toward this campaign due to funding restrictions inherent to the organization.

I am funding $18,000 personally toward this project. If you can help in anyway, I'd greatly appreciate it.

May the Force be with you (today is Star Wars day).
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I have secured a partnership with a bulk book distributor to purchase the books at a discount, but there remain a large funding gap for this project.

Please donate any amount possible toward this project. No amount is too small. I thank you in advance, and your support is much appreciated.
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