OSWEGO – The Oswego City School District’s success of the One District, One Book initiative has been twofold: students have practiced reading skills and have begun to build their own library.
In the latest round of books, all elementary school students read “Friendship According to Humphrey” by Betty Birney, the second book for OCSD in the Humphrey series.
Every student in grades kindergarten through six at Minetto, Kingsford Park, Charles E. Riley, Fitzhugh Park and Leighton elementary schools were provided a copy of the book for free, thanks to the state’s anti-poverty LIFT grant for the city of Oswego.
Through that grant, another book selection may occur in the spring.
At Riley Elementary, students were invited to answer trivia questions upon reading each chapter during the month of October.
The culmination activity included students writing brief essays on making good choices in friendships and what the true meaning of friendship was to them.
For their efforts, Principal Dr. Linda Doty awarded students a book worm swag tag to help build their collection.
While several students read the book at home, some classes read components of the book together at school.
The introduction of the program toward the end of the 2017-18 school year when the first book was introduced has also allowed parents to become more engaged in their children’s learning.
Reading together is the goal of the One District, One Book’s overall Read to Them program.
Meanwhile, Minetto Elementary School students blossomed throughout the first and second rounds of One District, One Book, according to Principal Jennifer Sullivan. In celebration of the completion of the second book, Minetto students watched a short video about friendship while they enjoyed popcorn in their classrooms.
The first round of funding occurred thanks to the generosity of the Richard S. Shineman Foundation and support from other local school districts and the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County.
All collaborations have allowed OCSD to promote family engagement through literacy.