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A.W. Becker ushers in the year with One School, One Book

Reading campaign focuses on family and fun

teachers dressed as characters from the book

As students filled the cafeteria they were greeted with teachers and staff in cowboy hats and a stage complete with cardboard farm animals, a big red barn and a giant cracked egg, all part of a fanfare assembly to introduce the new book chosen for A.W. Becker’s One School, One Book program.

Leading up to the big reveal six staff members dressed the part of characters from the mysterious book and delighted students with a humorous scene. All eyes were on the stage as the giant egg broke in half giving way to a dancing dinosaur who then hopped off the stage and danced his way into the audience of ecstatic children. The dinosaur swept up Acting Principal Debra Neubart, twirling her around in a skipping hoedown.

When it was finally time to reveal the book’s title, Neubart stepped up to the microphone and waited for the din of the crowd to subside. She then announced the new book to be “The Enormous Egg” by Oliver Butterworth. Cheering students then each received a copy of “The Enormous Egg” from their teachers, many opened it immediately to flip through the pages.

The books were supplied by the A.W. Becker Parent Teacher Association (PTA) who, not only purchased a copy for every A.W. Becker student, but also made a deal with Scholastic Books to donate an equal amount of books (monetarily) to local hospitals.

The One School, One Book reading campaign aims to encourage young readers through reading aloud at home and interactive activities at school. A video of each chapter being read aloud is also available online along with a calendar of program dates. Click here for the A.W. Becker One School, One Book page.