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Coon Rapids-Bayard to Participate in One School, One Book Project

February 21, 2018

This school year Coon Rapids-Bayard School District will again be participating in an all-school reading adventure called One School, One Book. Every family with a PreK-4th grade student will have a copy of the book The World According to Humphrey by Betty Birney and will read it together at home over the month of March. This program will be run in conjunction with the Audubon School District, who will also be reading the same book.

The World According to Humphrey is a book that can be enjoyed at all levels. The book is told from the perspective of Humphrey, a hamster who lives in a school classroom. In addition to his classroom escapades, each weekend he gets to stay overnight at a different student’s house. The story is a charming one about acceptance and understanding.

CR-B families with children in PK-4 have already ordered books for this program. CR-B is asking families to try to make time to participate in this reading project. If the community would like to join in on the fun, books are currently being sold at the Coon Rapids and Bayard Newspaper Offices for $5 each. The public libraries in both towns also have books to check out and read during this program. The more the children/families see the book around town in the businesses, churches, etc., the better.

One School, One Book will kick off on Friday, March 2 with a “Read Across America Day” assembly. Books will be handed out to the oldest in the family that day. Reading bookmarks will come home with the books and reading starts Monday, March 5 and goes for 3 weeks until March 23. One School, One Book will have its own webpage on the school’s website. On that site, families will find the reading schedule and questions that go along with the chapters. Questions are optional, but may enhance the reading experience. Families will also find the audio versions of the chapters to listen to if they wish. The CR-B One School, One Book website is found at: https://sites.google.com/crbcrusaders.org/1school1book

Humphrey the hamster will be coming to stay in the CR-B classrooms during this time. Classrooms will take turns hosting Humphrey in their room. They will be responsible for taking care of him that day too. Humphrey will post his blog on the CR-B website each day, so you can read about his journeys in the different rooms!

Family Fun Night will be held on Tuesday, March 27 from 6:00-7:00. Families can participate in Humphrey reading and math activities then. There will also be an activity planned for the school day to celebrate the end of the program. But what will happen to Humphrey the Hamster? Families can put their name in a drawing if they wish that night. The winner of the drawing gets to keep Humphrey!

“We have such a great turnout for Family Fun Night and this will be the perfect theme for this year. Families have a lot of fun that night. Adding a hamster drawing will be exciting too!” said Connie Ankenbauer, CR-B Title I Reading Specialist. “We love having the families involved in the whole reading experience.”

Reading aloud together at home is valuable because it better prepares children to be effective readers and listeners. It is also a fun, worthwhile family activity. With the One School, One Book program, the school aims to build a community of readers. Everyone - students, parents, teachers, administrative staff, and community members - will be participating and can all reap the many benefits.

CR-B’s One School, One Book committee would appreciate any support from the community. Financially, the school will use funds from the CR-B Foundation and Reading Is Fun (RIF) and any donations from the community and/or businesses to help offset the cost of books and materials. The books do cost more than $5, but with donations the school will be able to offer it at the discounted $5 price per book per family.

“The schools want everyone talking about this great book!” Ankenbauer continued. “We really are excited about sharing this reading experience with everyone in the community.”

Please contact Connie Ankenbauer if you have any questions or want to support this important and fun cause (connie.ankenbauer@crbcrusaders.org, or 999-2208).

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