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!
— Laurie LaRue - First Grade Teacher at Edgewood School - Bristol, CT
We are so thrilled with the positive impact this program has had on our students, families, and staff
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.
— Kenny Moles of West Virginia
My school actually adopted a hamster and even used it as “pet therapy” for many of the behaviorally challenged children in our school.
CUSTODIAN: You know Humphrey, it’s nice to have you around. Now I don’t have to talk to myself so much. You know it is a little lonely around here, cleaning all these rooms by myself. Having you around is not so bad. Makes it a little cheerier.
(He continues sweeping – and moving gradually around the room now – and talking to Humphrey. The CUSTODIAN should pause carefully, sweep an area, then move on, before taking up each new topic/subject.)
CUSTODIAN: Now take the next classroom I got to clean, Humphrey. The next room I got to clean is Mrs. Pincher’s. Now there’s someone who’s lonely. The kids all think she’s so mean. But I know she’s not mean. She has lots of dogs and cats and she loves them all. It’s just that all her kids are grown up and have moved away. You know, Humphrey – maybe she should bring one of her pets to school – just like you. Then the kids could really see how nice she is. That’s a real good idea, Humphrey. I’m glad you thought of it.
(He keeps sweeping. Moves to another area of the room.)
CUSTODIAN: Now I’ll tell you someone I really feel sorry for, Humphrey. That Mr. Ansbro. He’s the gym teacher. Now that man has a hard job. I tell you, I’d rather clean every room in this building than have to do his job. These kids are all pent up in here, learning reading and math. And boy do they want to blow off steam. I seen ‘em. And then they go to gym. And when it’s cold out – or raining – they have to go to the auditorium. [Or wherever your indoor gym is.] Man, they are so loud. And they can’t hold still. I tell you it’s chaos in there, Humphrey. You’d hate it. (Keeps sweeping.) I’ll tell you, though, Humphrey. I have an idea. Maybe if I showed you to Mr. Ansbro. Maybe if he let the kids be the ones to feed you – If they was good. If they listened and was quiet and held still. Maybe that would help. You’re a good influence, Humphrey. It calms me down thinking about it – just talking to you.