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Three Schools One Book Program

CR-B Book Clubs Starting in October

September 23, 2017

The Three Schools One Book Program will take on a different look this year at Coon Rapids-Bayard School.  The program is still incorporating a collaboration between three of our area school districts: Audubon, Exira-EHK, and Coon Rapids-Bayard, but grades and time spans will be changing.  The three school districts this year will all read the same book PK-4 in the Spring.  The book title will remain a secret until then.  Grades 5-6 will participate in a different program called Book Clubs.  Book Clubs will run the month of October, with book handout planned for October 2.

The Three Schools One Book Team, made up of members from each school district, decided that the middle school grade would benefit from a different type of program.  Students in those grades will be given a choice of 6 books to pick from.  This past week, students got to choose their top 3 choices.  Teachers will arrange for groups of 10 students or less to form a book club with each book.  An adult leader will meet with the group once a week during advisory time, and help facilitate a discussion around the book.  Students will be expected to complete their reading chapter assignments in their own free time each week.  The school has enlisted several teachers and volunteers to make this program a success.

“We think that the kids are really going to enjoy these Book Clubs,”  said Cory Meyer, fifth and sixth grade reading teacher and team member from Coon Rapids-Bayard School.  “We want to continue to develop a love of reading in these students.  Having a choice of a book and discussing it without the pressure of a test or grade will be a great way to involve these kids in reading for pleasure.” 

The plan is for these Book Clubs to meet each year.  Next year, the same books will be used again to do the program.  There is no cost to parents or students as the books will belong to the school and remain there.  The book titles are: Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin, Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz, Indian In The Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks, Elephant Run by Roland Smith, Irena's Children by Tilar J. Mazzeo, and Molly's Story by W. Bruce Cameronrd.

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