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Read to Them®  is proud to name J.C. Sawyer Elementary School in Elizabeth City, N.C. as our 2015 One School, One Book School ™ of the Year. Read more here.
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  • First, we’re having a GREAT time with the One School-One Book program…. Getting “thank you” notes from parents already about how it’s “forcing” some family reading time that they seemed to have lost over the years.
    — Paul Marinko - Principal at St. Paul's Lutheran School - Fort Wayne, IN
  • Since last spring, our entire school has excitedly embraced the One School, One Book Program. We will soon begin our spring selection: A Cricket in Times Square -- the third book we've adopted since the spring of 2010! We are so thrilled with the positive impact this program has had on our students, families, and staff
    — Laurie LaRue - First Grade Teacher at Edgewood School - Bristol, CT
  • I think the OSOB program is brilliant. My seven year-old attends Orleans Elementary in Massachusetts and they (we) are reading Masterpiece. Since the grades levels range from one to five at this school, finding a book to suit all is difficult. My daughter can follow the big picture somewhat but we have to reinforce what we’ve read because it’s a lot to take in for her.
    — Glenn Krzeminski - Parent of student at Orleans Elementary - Orleans, MA
  • The One District, One Book program promoted by Read To Them...is a powerful way to systemically address and promote a culture of literacy throughout the entire school system. My school actually adopted a hamster and even used it as “pet therapy” for many of the behaviorally challenged children in our school.
    — Kenny Moles of West Virginia


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J.C. Sawyer named RTT’s 2015 Model School

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Read to Them® is proud to name J.C. Sawyer Elementary School in Elizabeth City, N.C. as our 2015 One School, One Book™ School of the Year.
 
J.C. Sawyer’s principal, Chris Paullet, quickly realized that he wanted to bring family literacy to his students and families in a big way.  In 2014 J.C. Sawyer’s families read The World According to Humphrey.  Humphrey hit J.C. Sawyer’s sweet spot and Paullet realized that to really bring the long-term habits and benefits of family literacy to his school entire, J.C. Sawyer wanted/needed to read three books together over the course of the school year.  That’s what they did in 2014-2015 – reading The Lemonade WarKenny and the Dragon, and Humphrey sequel, The Summer According to Humphrey.
 
To promote The Lemonade War, Principal Paullet wore a lemonade suit as part of an elaborate skit featuring dueling lemonade stands provided by Read to Them®.  Paullet’s suit was a big hit, but The Lemonade War had an even bigger impact. Paullet and his team crowed about the effect reading a succession of books together had on his families and his school.  He reports that students and families have jumped over each other trying to get copies of the sequels.  (Establishing the habit of reading aloud together? Check!)  He even noticed that J.C. Sawyer’s tardy rates decrease during a One School, One Book™ month because students want to get to school on time to be able to answer daily trivia questions and win prizes.  (Effect on family involvement? Check!  Effect on student enthusiasm and attendance? Check!)
 
Naturally J.C. Sawyer is making plans to read three titles again in 2015-2016.  Paullet has already presented his experience, enthusiasm, and the effects of One School, One Book™ to educators in North Carolina and Read to Them® is optimistic that his own experience and influence will spread to schools in Elizabeth City and beyond.
 
For J.C. Sawyer’s thorough embrace of One School, One Book™; for its dramatic and successful impact on J.C. Sawyer’s families and reading habits; and for Paullet’s willingness to spread the whys and hows of family literacy beyond his school – J.C. Sawyer is Read to Them’s® 2015 One School, One Book™ School of the Year.
 
And it’s all because of a lemon suit!

Summer 2015 Newsletter Released!

rtt-newsletter-summer-15Read To Them is happy to announce that the late Summer 2015 newsletter has been released!  Inside you’ll find out details about how one school unleashed it’s creativity while participating in One School, One Book, a spotlight on author Jacqueline Davies, how Read To Them offers a great Title I solution, and what Twitter has been saying about Read To Them.  Check out the newsletter now!

 


Survey Reinforces Value Of Parents Reading with Children

ReadAloud_info-2Scholastic recently performed a survey showing the positive effects of parents reading with children.  Click here to read our summary of the report (which includes a direct link to the report).

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Texas Reads featured in Literacy Today

Texas Reads One BookThe Texas Reads One Book initiative was recently featured in Literacy Daily, an online journal sponsored by the International Literacy Association.

The article, by John Micklos, Jr., includes a surplus of great information about the program, including the kickoff event starring Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett reading the first chapter of The World According to Humphrey.

Click here to read the entire article


The Next Big Hit: “Ivan” by Perry Hill Elementary in Shelton, CT!!!

Watch out American Idol!  Perry Hill Elementary 5th graders in Shelton, Connecticut revamped a classic using The One and Only Ivan as inspiration.  Take a listen and be sure to follow along with the lyrics below…

 

“Let It Be” – IVAN – Rewrite by: Lori M. Lisi

When I find myself in times of trouble
My friend, Stella comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, “Set them free.”
And in my hour of darkness
She is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom, “Set them free.”

Set them free, Set them free
Set them free, Set them free
Ivan and Ruby . . . Set them free

And when the One and Only Ivan
Living in the Mall agrees
There will be an answer, Set them free
For though Stella departed
There is still a chance that they will see
There will be an answer, “Set them free.”

Set them free, Set them free
Set them free, Set them free
Ivan and Ruby . . . Set them free

Set them free, Set them free
Set them free, Set them free
Ivan and Ruby . . . Set them free

(INSTRUMENTAL)

Set them free, Set them free
Set them free, Set them free
Ivan and Ruby . . . Set them free

And when the billboard’s finished
There is still a chance that they will see
Go to “Zoo Atlanta” let it be

I wake up to the shouts of children,
Running through the zoo to see
Ivan and Ruby . . . We are free

Climb the trees, Feel the breeze
Hear the hum of bumblebees
Ivan and Ruby . . . we are free

Kinyani watches me
Silverback I’m meant to be
Ivan and Ruby . . . we are free

It’s a zoo, It’s not free
But it’s all the free we need,
Ivan and Ruby . . . happily

 


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