WESTPORT, Conn. -- Students at Kings Highway Elementary School in Westport are participating in its first-ever "One School, One Book" experience.
Students recently learned that they will be reading George Selden’s "The Cricket in Times Square." After the official announcement, staff members performed a short scene from the story to introduce the setting and some of the main characters to the youngsters.
“The hope is to create a shared reading experience within our community,” said Tracey Carbone, one of the school’s literacy specialists, in a release. “It is like forming a great big book club.”
As part of the program, every family in the elementary school and every employee in the KHS building, including administrators, teachers, support staff and custodians, will receive a copy of the same book.
Every family reads the book at home according to a month-long schedule, and the school simultaneously has activities and discussions related to the book.
“This aligns nicely with the school’s focus on reading aloud this year. Literacy teachers had started the year with a school blog promoting read aloud at home and touting its benefits, even with older children,” said Carbone in the release. "The title was purposely selected so that the book can be enjoyed by younger students, but still captivate older children. It is a wonderful classic that can be enjoyed by all.”