Reading program brings students, community together

One of the principles of the One School, One Book program is that it brings together the entire student community within a school. It does this through reading. Every student in the school reads the same book at the same time and then participates in discussions and activities surrounding the reading.

The A.W. Becker One School, One Book committee took the event one step further, combining the group reading with a charity reading program, Read for Ronald McDonald House Charities. The endeavor not only encourages reading, it teaches empathy.

“We’ve created this team because we want to raise money and make a difference by participating in Read for Ronald McDonald House 2018-2019,” Principal Debra Neubart said.

Nearly 70 A.W. Becker students participated in the reading fundraiser, raising more than $1,000 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. The school was ranked second in fund-raising and had two students in the top 5 of individual fund-raisers.

Multiple incentives were introduced to encourage students to read. One included the opportunity to throw a pie at the principal and another was a class pizza party. Pizza was supplied to the winning class in each grade by R Pizza House in Selkirk.