October 28, 2016
Village Elementary gets excited about reading;
announces One School, One Book selection
Elementary School Principal Dr. Ben Rudd and Assistant
Principal Stephanie Schaufelberger announced this year's
selection for One School, One Book in one very big way.
Classes gathered in the gymnasium to hear the name of the
book - "The Lemonade War" by Jacqueline Davies - and join
either Dr. Rudd's "pink team" or Ms. Schaufelberger's
Village students and their families will be reading
"The Lemonade War"
encouraging others to read it as well as part of One School,
a program designed to create a shared reading experience
within a single elementary school community. Each school
chooses a chapter book, every family in the elementary
school receives a copy, and every family reads that book at
home over the course of a single month. A group of students
also presented copies of the book to the Board of Education
and administrators on Oct. 25.
This is the seventh year Village Elementary School has
participated in One School, One Book. In addition to the
kick-off event, this is the second year that the school has
held a "Night at the Village" event where families can pick
up their free copies of the book and have fun doing
reading-related activities. This year, students could do a
scavenger hunt around the school, read with dogs in the
library, play games in the gymnasium, get their picture
taken at a lemonade stand and blog with other students
around the country about the book.
“The Lemonade War" tells the story of an exciting
summer spent by a loving but competitive pair of siblings,
Evan and Jessie Treski. At the end of the summer, Jessie,
and more academically inclined of the two, is delighted to
learn that because she is skipping third grade, she will be
in Evan's fourth-grade class when school starts in a few
days. To say the least, Evan is less than thrilled. The
children's personal conflict becomes a professional one as
well, as they set out to outsell each other at their
respective lemonade stands.
Studies have shown that reading to children helps them to
listen better and longer, build bigger vocabularies,
understand concepts better, feel positive about both books
and learning – and more.