Eli Whitney Elementary School chooses “Escaping the Giant Wave” for their 2016 One Book Program.
This year, Eli Whitney Elementary hosted their one book program for the third year in a row. The goal of the program was to provide common ground for everyone to relate to by putting a book in the hand of every student and employee at the school. This year, the committee chose Escaping the Giant Wave, thanks to a suggestion from one of the school’s third-grade teachers. In the past, they read Lemonade Wars and Frindle.
In order to raise money to pay for the books, the school held its first annual Read-A-Thon where students collected donations of any amount large or small in order to participate. Then for an hour and a half on a Friday afternoon, participants packed the gym, the cafeteria, and the hallways to read together. Together, they raised a whopping $1,700!
As students completed their reading assignments throughout the month of May, the school hosted a series of activities centered around the book (such as trivia, a game night, and a treasure hunt) that culminated in a final school-wide assembly. This year, they had a very special surprise guest — a local meteorologist — come give a presentation to the entire school.
As a final project, students built survival kits for the main characters of the book. The top 20 kits got to participate in a special meet and greet with Mike Cameron, the meteorologist for WFSB 3 Connecticut.
Thank you to the school’s language arts consultant, Rebecca Gihuly, for sharing this amazing story with us!
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This post was written by Michelle Drucker, the manager of marketing at BookPal. She is currently reading Making Work Work by Shola Richards and Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.