RACINE - Talented students were recognized for their work through the "Racine Wonders Program," all thanks to a simple book with a powerful message.
Local students wrote essays on acts of kindness or superheroes of empathy for a chance to win $10,000 for their school.
Two award winners were announced for each grade level from fourth to eight grade, for a total of ten winners. Half of the awards were presented to students from area public schools and the other half to students from private schools.
The "Racine Wonders Program" began at the beginning of the year when nine thousand copies of the New York Times bestselling book, Wonder, were distributed to Racine-area students. A curriculum developed by the MyFace Organization was shared with teachers along with an essay competition used to engage students with the curriculum to provide hands on learning.
The program kicked off on Tuesday at 10 a.m.
Both schools and students were excited, and it was all in an effort to celebrate literacy and empathy.