By JIM MAURER
CAREY — For the first five weeks of the school year, Carey elementary students and parents are participating in an all-school book club, “One School, One Book,” and reading the book “Lemonade War.”
The fiction book written by Jacqueline Davies will allow family members to read to kindergarten through fifth-grade students.
The book is about a brother and sister who have competing lemonade stands. The boy is good at meeting people and talking with them, while his sister is good at math.
The “Read to Them, Creating a Culture of Literacy in Every Home” is a national effort to improve literacy and family time.
In a letter to parents from Tammy Wagner, elementary principal, she outlines the program and urges adults to participate. She briefly discussed the program during the school board’s regular meeting this week.
“Reading aloud at home is valuable because it better prepares your child to be an effective reader, and it is also a fun, worthwhile family activity. With the ‘One School, One Book’ program, we aim to build a community of readers at our school,” she said.
The reading schedule is for about 15 minutes daily, she said in the letter. The program runs through Sept. 28.
Each Friday there is an assembly, with different grade levels participating, except this week because there is no school Friday because of the Wyandot County Fair.
In the classroom, students will be able to answer trivia questions about the book daily “to encourage and reward attentive listening.” Students will do activities in class and have discussions about the reading, too.
Wagner said the reading effort is “a novel program in that children of all grade levels will all be listening to parents/guardians read the same book. Reading professionals recommend reading material out loud that is beyond a child’s own reading level.
“We also believe that you can and should continue reading chapter books with your older children, even when they are able to read by themselves. We have selected a title that can be followed and understood and enjoyed by younger students, but will still captivate and stimulate older children.
“When a whole school reads a book, there’s a lot to talk about,” she said. “With your help, we can build a community of readers at our school.”
There will be a family event at the school on Sept. 27 to celebrate the conclusion of the book club.