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One School reads One Book in three weeks

This drawing was done by Jenaya Roseboom

By Tyler Weenink

Rimbey Christian School

How did Rimbey Christian School read one book in three weeks?

Margret Rodermond, a librarian in Lethbridge, introduced them to One School - One Book, a program that makes a school read one book. The book was Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.

The students in grades 1 to 9 read one chapter of the book every day with their families for three weeks. The students had trivia questions for each chapter in the morning. Then when they finished the book they got into a bus and went to Red Deer to see the movie at Carnival Theater. All of the students drew pictures of their favorite scene from the book. They also brought in pictures of themselves and their pets.

The whole project started on Jan. 11 and ended on Feb. 1. It was funded by Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI). AISI also paid for the books and for part of the field trip and the movie theater. The Co-op gave popcorn to the students.

The school did this because this year the school is focusing on getting the students to read. The school also wanted to get families reading together. They gave out the books at a meeting that the school has every Thursday morning. They gave one book per family.

Trevor, a Grade 8 student said, “I liked the book.”

Jared, a Grade 5 student, said, “It was a good idea to read as a family and watch the movie in Red Deer.”