The second installment of our One Richmond, One Book program has come to a close. One Richmond, One Book will be occurring each fall and spring for ten years. This spring, students, families, teachers, and staff read Cleo Edison Oliver, Playground Millionaire by Sundee T. Frazier.
Over the summer, each student will receive one more book as part of our Superstar Summer Readers program. Our generous sponsor, Capital One, and their employees have been helping us prepare materials for the for the Superstar Summer Readers book give-away…
Capital One employees enthusiastically helped us pack over 13,000 books across multiple days. Students will receive a book, pencil, fruit snack, and some tips for families about reading aloud.
We couldn’t have made this program a reality without the help of Capital One and their generous employees! Their help with this program supports literacy across our city.
It is an honor to bring One Richmond, One Book and Superstar Summer Readers to Richmond and we are grateful for the dedicated volunteers, community members, and sponsors who helped make it happen!
A dream 12 years in the making has finally come to Lethbridge School District in Alberta, Canada. A One District, One Book program unlike any other, Lethbridge has done something totally unique.
Learning Support Teacher, Michelle Dimnik, has brought One School One Book to her school, Dr. Gerald B. Probe School, for 11 years. During that time, she dreamed of bringing this reading program to the entire district of 24 schools.
Tying wishes on a wishtree!
A wishtree in the front of the school
Reading before the big game
Through much dedication and hard work, and help from resource teams across the city, Dimnik has finally brought One District, One Book to all of Lethbridge this spring. They chose to read Wishtree by Newbery award-winning author, Katherine Applegate. It’s a transformative story that is inspiring readers and schools across North America.
Getting ready to read
Students with welcome packages for refugee families
Most incredible? Dimnik actually recruited the involvement of every student in Lethbridge. From kindergarten to 12th grade, all students received their own copy of Wishtree to read together. Reading K-12 is unprecedented at the district level.
Michelle Dimnik and Katherine Applegate
Katherine Applegate with eager readers
Even more exciting? The district got a visit from Katherine Applegate!
Lethbridge truly got the community involved with the book. The shared reading experience was featured on local news numerous times including an article written by the Chief of Police. A One District One Book Lethbridge Twitter page was created to share pictures and celebrate successes.
Here’s to Lethbridge’s first district-wide read! We can’t wait for next year.
Interested in something like this in your district?