F.E. Bellows Elementary School fourth- and fifth-graders had a meaningful discussion with author R.J. Palacio when they welcomed her to their school during a Skype session on March 6.

The event, which was generously sponsored by the PTSA, was made possible with assistance from the school’s library media team. The students prepared for the event by reading Palacio’s book “Wonder” in their classes or independently and created posters and display boards to commemorate the visit. They interacted with the author on a big screen in the multipurpose room as she discussed her inspirations behind her book, the writing and editing process, and the power of kindness and its impact on people.

Principal Michael Scarantino will share some of his favorite precepts from the book throughout the week during morning announcements.