The fifth and sixth grade students participated in the #ChooseKind assembly on Friday, November 10. Peter was born 10 weeks premature weighing less than three pounds. He had over 10 serious birth defects resulting in a diagnosis of Goldenhar Syndrome also known as Oculo-Auriculo-Vertebral Syndrome (OAVS). Peter required a tracheostomy and feeding tube, was in NICU for almost four months, and has had 29 surgeries. Peter is a junior at Libertyville High School and enjoys playing electric guitar at School of Rock, participating in Best Buddies & Young Life clubs, and pranking students with his fake ear.

Because of his life experiences, Peter deeply related to the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio about a boy with a facial difference. Peter speaks with students after they read the book, comparing his real-life story it to the fictional character Auggie in Wonder. Since 2012, Peter has promoted #ChooseKIND at schools around the country and connected with over 15,000 students. He is the recipient of the 2016 Teen Advocacy Champion of Hope Award by Global Genes Alliance (

There was no charge for this heart-rending assembly however SPC donated to the Children's Craniofacial Association (CCA) in honor of their visit. Fifth and sixth grade students partook in a “Coin Challenge” this week. On Monday students were asked to bring in pennies, Tuesday nickels, Wednesday dimes, and Thursday quarters. Home and School also contributed to this amazing cause. Together we raised $1,208.40. With everyone's generous support we were able to sponsor a child for the Starship Scholarship. CCA’s Annual Family Retreat & Educational Symposium is held each June to provide individuals affected by a facial difference, their siblings and parents an opportunity to interact with others who have endured similar experiences. The unique weekend retreat allows families to share ideas, problems and solutions and make life-long friendships.

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