“Program highlights importance of books”

Cool program!

You know you’re doing something right when children are thrilled about reading — and that excitement was pretty obvious on Monday afternoon at Lakeview School as preschool and elementary school students waited for organizers to reveal what book was chosen this year for the One School, One Book challenge.

After engaging the students with process-of-elimination clues — ones where the students learned that the book involved dog sledding — “Stone Fox” by John Reynolds Gardiner was revealed to be Lakeview School’s ninth annual OSOB selection.

“One School, One Book highlights the importance of reading together at home,” Lee said. “It really comes down to that — all the benefits of reading together as a family at home. It’s a good program.”

While reading has been shown to be instrumental to academic success, having the entire school take part in the program is also a lot of fun. Dress-up days and other activities also take place during February, which is “I Love to Read” month.

“I just love how the kids get so excited when the title comes out,” Lee said. “I give books to the custodians, cooks, our social worker, music and phy-ed teachers, special education teachers, all the paraprofessionals and of course, classroom teachers. Even with a school our size, we’re still able to make that happen.”

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