Posted Date: 01/08/2018
Elementary students receive books to read at home with their families
Dressed as an explorer, a scientist and a dog sled driver, three staff members told Chanute Elementary students about their dreams and their vocations. Administrators Noel Shinkle and Eric Hoops and teacher Clete Frazell portrayed the types of characters the students will read about in The Adventures of a South Pole Pig, the school’s One School One Book selection for this year.
Martin Luther King, who wrote the speech “I Have A Dream”, wanted all people to be able to get along with one another and he worked his whole life trying to realize that dream, chapter reaching teacher Karen Vallier told students at the kickoff assembly.
“Do you have a dream?” she asked them. “Are there things you want to do or places you want to visit? When we have dreams it allows us to set goals so that we can achieve them.”
In the book, Flora is a pig who wants to be more than a meal. She wants to have adventures and to pull a dog sled across the Antarctic.
“Flora believed that if you work hard you can achieve your dreams. Do you think Flora can be part of a dog sled team,” Vallier asked.
She explained how the program works.
As part of the OSOB program, every family at CES received a copy of the book about Flora the pig. The entire family is to read a chapter or two together every night over the next four weeks. Every student also has a list of trivia questions. The family reads the book, talks about it and fills out the trivia questions.
Students who turn in their trivia questions each week are put into a drawing for prizes at the end of the OSOB program. This year, the school’s PTO donated money to purchase prizes for the students whose names are drawn. There are restaurant coupons, Wal-Mart cards, games, toys and movie passes for the entire family to go to the movies together.
Only a chapter or two is assigned for each night. When ball games or trips out of town interfere with that night’s reading, students can listen to an audio recording of the book, linked to the school district’s web site.
This is the sixth year that CES has participated in the OSOB program. In addition to reading, the students conduct research and participate in projects related to the book – in this case Antarctica, native species, weather, dog sledding and more.
“When the whole school reads the same book all at the same time, there’s a lot to talk about, isn’t there?” Vallier said.
Story By: Connie Woodard