WILMINGTON — Students, parents, teachers and administrators from Denver Place, East End and Holmes Elementary Schools once again embarked on a special adventure — an all-school book club called One School, One Book.
One School, One Book aims to build a community of readers where everyone participates, and everyone reaps the many benefits of reading. It encourages children at all grade levels to listen to or read the same book at the same time, and as strange as this might seem, it makes sound educational sense.
Reading professionals recommend reading material out loud that is beyond a child’s own reading level and encourages parents to continue reading chapter books with older children even when they are able to read by themselves.
This year, schools staggered their One School, One Book campaigns which began in October and ended in January. Book selections were revealed to students during special assemblies where teachers and administrators worked together to build both suspense and enthusiasm that left students eager to discover what book had been selected for their school.
When the book titles were finally revealed, students at Denver Place Elementary were excited to discover they would be reading The Tale of Despereaux, by Katie DiCamillo; students at East End were revved up to be reading The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Clearly; and students at Holmes Elementary couldn’t wait to read How to Eat Fried Worms by Bob Dolman.
Students and teachers alike received their own copy of their school’s book which they read together following a reading schedule both at home and at school.
Students participated in variety of activities geared to heighten interest and to assure that all students were invested in the daily reading. There were trivia questions and art, writing, and reading activities based on the stories that both engaged students and encouraged interest.
As students completed the reading of their school’s chosen book, each school hosted a culmination celebration where family members joined in the fun. Denver Place served up hot soup and cheese and offered face painting and crafts to its guests. East End shared refreshments and crafty activities, and Holmes Elementary hosted a worm (spaghetti) dinner with a book exchange and photo both.
Information for this article was provided by Diana Miller, who coordinates communications for several areal students.