Posted: March 18, 2014

S.Y. Jackson Launches All-School Book Club

The Jaguars are the latest APS students to participate in the national One School, One Book program.

S.Y. Jackson Elementary School will kick off its first One School, One Book program on Monday, March 24. Each family at the school will receive a free copy of a chapter book, which will be read in school and at home over the course of two weeks.

Students will have a chance to win prizes by answering trivia questions each morning at school, and classroom activities will discuss or explore the book.

“We are thrilled to bring this literacy program to our school as a way to generate excitement about reading and bring families closer together,” said Tania Soussan-Watt, S.Y. Jackson Elementary School PTA secretary and co-chair of the One School, One Book program.

One School, One Book is a national program supported by the nonprofit organization Read to Them. The PTA at S.Y. Jackson joined One School, One Book this school year and has organized the program. Many local businesses, several SYJ families and the APS Education Foundation have made generous donations to sponsor the program.

It might seem strange to have children at all grade levels reading or listening to the same book, but it actually makes sound educational sense. Reading professionals recommend reading material out loud that is beyond a child’s own reading level. Other APS schools, including North Star Elementary, also have One School, One Book programs.

The program will end with a family event at school with activities modeled on the book as well as food and final prize awards from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 4.

Note: The title of the book will be revealed at two assemblies on March 24.

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