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Duc Hoang, Kayva Paramash, Nick Rezza and Gianna Beaucoudray, from left, holding their 'Scream' projects.

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Students at Kehoe-France School in Metairie gained insights into the importance of everyday kindness through their study of the book "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio.

"Wonder," which is the basis of a movie of the same name released in November, is about how a boy confronts the challenges of living with facial abnormalities.

The Kehoe-France students learned that education can help people become less afraid of things that are normally troubling to them, and "Choosing Kind" can help others cope more easily with their lives.

In art class, students re-created Edvard Munch's painting "The Scream" in oil pastels and inserted a photograph of themselves into the piece. They had to think about how the main character in "Wonder" felt when he started middle school after years of homeschooling and write an artist statement about their own fears and what makes them scream.

Dr. Hugo St. Hilaire, a craniofacial surgeon at Children’s Hospital, gave an informative, moving talk about his work, and the project wrapped up with a field trip to see the movie.