WOODBURY – Just Woodbury will host a book-signing by Choosing Kindness author and Woodbury resident Steven Michael Grudzien at its Woodbury Fall Festival booth on Sunday, Sept. 30, from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., or while supplies of the book lasts.
Choosing Kindness tells a story about a young lad named Richard, who learns to appreciate and accept one’s differences by finding common ground. It all starts when a new girl in school, Alexandra, moves in and some kids are making fun of her. Richard seeks advice from his big brother, Steve. In this book, you will find out a small act of kindness is not small at all.
Grudzien, who graduated from Nonnewaug High School in June, originally wrote Choosing Kindness as an essay for a college scholarship contest. Once the essay was finished, Grudzien’s mom, Thea Alfes, suggested that the story be told in the form of a children’s book. Grudzien’s sister, Emily Grudzien, is the illustrator, and the main character is based on his brother, Richie Alfes, a fourth-grader at Bethlehem Elementary School, which makes Choosing Kindness a true family project.
Choosing Kindness is inspired by true events in Steven Michael Grudzien’s life, and real leadership qualities in the choices he made in high school. Being heavy in his youth, Grudzien was made fun of and picked last for teams, and he struggled with his weight. He worked hard, and became a two-way starter on the Nonnewaug High School football and one of the top wrestlers in the Berkshire League. Grudzien also became a leader and mentor to many younger players and teammates.
Steven successfully mentored kids struggling with their weight, medical issues, gender differences, and abilities. He attributes his attitude toward others to his own personal experiences and his sense of duty to others.
Just Woodbury will be at Booth 77 at Woodbury Fall Festival, next to the Fryborg food truck.
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