Benefits & Requirements
The benefits of reading aloud are remarkable — studies have shown that reading to children helps them to listen better and longer, to build bigger vocabularies, to understand concepts better, to feel postive about both books and learning – and more.
When an entire school reads the same book, the buzz and excitement around the book increases these benefit. But it brings the added joy of building and expanding a sense of community among students, parents, teachers, and staff – and beyond. In some schools, bus drivers and custodial and cafeteria staff clamor to be included. And when a library or church or community group or commerical donor becomes involved, that sense of fostered community is exponential.
The effort and expense required for such a tremendous experience are modest, especially when compared to the return. The initial fee for books and program membership depends on the size of the school, and many schools can offset or cover that expense through grants or donations. When a school joins, they commit to a month of OSOB activities which are designed to work alongside normal daily school activities. Most schools report that these activities enhance, rather than hamper, the school day. A further strength of OSOB is that it can be easily refined, modified, and customized to fit each school’s environment, needs, and capabilities. Most schools have such a successful experience with OSOB that it becomes an annual part of their curriculum, and children and families look forward to it each year with eager anticipation.
Send an e-mail to One School, One Book Director, Bruce Coffey at firstname.lastname@example.org – or call him at 804.310.1214 – to find out more.