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1 Book 4 Schools creates buzz about reading

Friday, 26 January 2018. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

1 Book 4 Schools creates buzz about reading
Deanna Fidelak, CCHS assistant principal, announces this year’s selection for 1 Book 4 Schools at a school assembly Monday afternoon.   Photos by Georgia Dale

1 Book 4 Schools creates buzz about reading

By Georgia Dale

Crowsnest Pass and Pincher Creek schools are connecting readers across the communities by having them share the experience of reading a good book.

Over the next three weeks, 467 readers from Horace Allen and Isabelle Sellon schools and Crowsnest Consolidated High School in the Pass, and Canyon School in Pincher Creek, will be enjoying a book in an event designed to encourage literacy.

Families are encouraged to read the selected book for 15 minutes per night and to participate in trivia and games on Real Country Radio the next morning.

Real Country will host morning call-ins before school, providing trivia questions and entering participating students’ names in a draw for a pizza at the end of the three-week program.

Paul Pichursky, principal of Canyon School, says it’s a simple idea that can yield big results by adding some excitement, a little dose of competition and “building up the buzz around reading” by leaving cryptic clues around the school in the form of some “kind of creepy toy rabbits.”

This year’s book is The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo.

It is a compelling story about a porcelain rabbit whose comfortable life gets turned upside down when he is separated from his spoiled life with his original owner and begins a journey that will change him forever. But enough of that now; after all, no spoilers allowed!

This fun event coincides with World Literacy Day on Saturday, as well as the Reading Challenge at Canyon School, where students are encouraged to come up with 100 places to read and to collect photos of reading in unexpected places.

Participants received the book on Monday and the first few chapters were read together with guest readers during an assembly at Crowsnest Consolidated High School.

Organizers hope to continue having guest readers participate through social media. They also hope to use social media to connect Pincher Creek and Crowsnest Pass schools as they read the book together.

It’s not only the outstanding readers in the community that have made 1 Book 4 Schools possible. Organizers also send out thanks to the Crowsnest Pass Literacy Foundation, Real Country Radio and especially TransCanada Pipelines, which donated $3,500 to buy 625 books. We hope the kids in our towns are ready to get reading and win some pizzas!

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Radio hosts Jess Harrington, left, and Courtney Potts of Real Country Southwest introduce The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.

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CCHS drama club members bring the first chapter of the book to life.