A very special kudos goes out to SLMC Kate Lewis and principal Dr. Kelsey Greer from Denton Elementary for the putting together this super amazing kickoff for their One Book, One School event. This dynamic duo are clearly pros when it comes to helping to build a reading culture.
Last year´s inaugural One Book, One School event at Denton Elementary was by all accounts successful. SLMC Kate Lewis launched a Donor´s Choose campaign to purchase a copy of Crenshaw for each classroom. Kate and principal, Kelsey Greer, wanted to build upon the concept and raise the bar this school year. Not only were they going to give a book to each classroom, but they were determined to give a copy to every single student in the school to keep for their very own!
The ¨top secret" event took a lot of planning. In order to give a copy to each and every student they looked to local leaders for support. Thanks to a grant from the Town of Denton Council for $1000, and grants from the Denton Lions Club, Theresa and Kirby Matthews, Briggs Funeral Home and an extremely generous ¨anonymous¨ teacher the project was completely funded!
A high energy pep-rally was held in the auditorium where the title of the book was revealed through a book trailer and sneak preview. Cheers abounded when students learned the story was about a boy that befriended a tiny talking mouse names Ralph that enjoyed the boy´s toy motorcycle as much as he did. This book is the one and only The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary.
Students were then escorted outside to line the circle drive for the big surprise. Students erupted joyously when they spied a fleet of motorcycles rounding the corner escorted by Chief of Police Mark Hicks. The cyclists circled the driveway and after parking, distributed copies to each and every student at Denton Elementary. The energy was contagious! Many students opened their books straight away while others stopped to shake hands and pose for pictures with the special guests.
Charlie, a custodian at Denton Elementary, led the processional of about 10 cyclists. A special thanks to the Davidson County Sheriff´s Office, Riding for the Son Christian Motorcyclists Association and the Guardian Nomads, a group of retired law enforcement and other public health and safety professionals for generously donating their time to come and get the students at Denton Elementary excited about reading. After the event, sponsors and cyclists were welcomed into the school library media center for refreshments and their very own copy of the book.
Students will be encourage to read a chapter per day either independently or with a parent for the next few weeks. Special dress up days, trivia questions and student interviews are anticipated to increase engagement and build enthusiasm for the event. A ¨Design a Helmet for Ralph" contest will take place, where students can enter their creative designs to potentially win a gift certificate for the upcoming book fair in November. YouTube videos will also be available featuring Denton staff each reading a chapter a day. Copies in Spanish were also provided for ESL students to share with their families.
Events were streamed on Facebook Live and can be found on the Denton Elementary Facebook page. To see more moments at the One Book, One School event unfolds, follow Denton Elementary on Facebook or Twitter (@DentonRaiders).
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