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One Book: One School Promotes Love of Reading

Reading Program: Students with Books
Students at Eden Hall Upper Elementary School kicked off a building-wide reading project entitled “One Book, One School” on January 25, 2019. This is the second time the school has conducted a building-wide reading initiative in the past four years aimed at fostering a shared-reading experience.

"Eden Hall's One Book, One School program supports the fundamental premise that the more students enjoy reading, the more they will want to read,” said Librarian Beth Shenefiel, “Modeled after the American Library Association's ‘One Book, One Community’ program, we hope to foster a sense of community at Eden Hall through this shared reading experience. “ 

During the kick-off assembly, Librarian Beth Shenefiel revealed “Save Me a Seat,” by co-authors Gita Varadarajan and Sarah Weeks would be read by everyone.

The book is about two boys Ravi and Joe. Joe has lived in the same town all of his life and was doing just fine until his best friends moved out of town. Ravi is a boy, who just moved to the US from India, and is finding it tough to figure out where he fits in at his new school. Both do not think they have anything in common until they realize they have a common enemy.

Every student received a book at the end of the assembly. Classroom teachers, encore teachers, paraprofessionals, secretaries, cafeteria workers, custodians, support staff and administrators will also receive a copy of the book.

The One Book: One School Committee, which is made up staff members and teachers, has been planning activities that will enhance the enjoyment and understanding of the book. Many teachers will be planning curricular activities in the classroom. Parents, guardians, and families are encouraged to read along and discuss the book with their children.

During the assembly staff members talked about making assumptions about others, which is the main theme of the book.

Here’s the OBOS 2019 commmittee is made up of Marie Carelle, Paula Giran, Laura Gray, Jen Miller, Chelsea Nwranski, Colleen Raupp, Beth Shenefiel, Steven Smith, Katelynn Tronetti, Bonnie Wolfe, Racheal Zaspel and Kirsten Zimmerman with the support and help of Julie Dayton, Chris Turner, Dave Harlan, Mary Graham, Sue Spakauskas, and Luke Glevicky.

The Eden Hall Upper Elementary PTO generously purchased more than 1,100 books for the initiative.