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Park Avenue kicks off “One Book, One School”

on October 15, 2015

On Thurs., Oct. 15, all the students of Park Avenue Elementary School attended an assembly to kick off the One Book, One School program, which gets everyone in the school reading the same book at the same time.
Click here for a photo gallery from the kickoff assembly at Park Ave.

“Reading aloud at home is valuable because it better prepares your child to be an effective reader and it’s also a fun, worthwhile family activity!” said Park Avenue principal Sandra Wood. “Through the One Book, One School” read, we aim to build a community of readers at our school. Everyone – students, parents, teachers, even support staff – will be participating, and we can all reap the many benefits.”

On the morning of Oct. 15, students filed out of the school building and circled the parking lot, some with the banners they made to celebrate One Book, One School, and the book they’ll be reading, Beverly Cleary’s “The Mouse and the Motorcycle.”

Principal Wood and Park Avenue librarian Polly VanderKruik welcomed the students and teachers, along with Superintendent Dr. David Leach and Warwick middle school principal Cindy Leandro. As Mrs. Vanderkruik was telling the children that she read “The Mouse and the Motorcycle” when she was in elementary school, everyone was surprised by the loud and exciting arrival of the assembly’s special guest: Ralph, the title character of the book, arrived on a motorcycle with quite an escort!

Led by Warwick police, the escort included some teachers and other personnel who volunteered to help make sure Ralph arrived safely at Park Avenue. Participating in the motorcycle escort were Carol Mindnich from the WVCSD transportation dept., WVCSD bus drivers Eugene Nowacki and Paul Lang, Warwick PD Police Chief Thomas McGovern, Jr., Warwick PD Lt. Thomas Maslanka, Warwick PD Officer Brian Luthin, Warwick PD Lt., and coordinator John Radar, WVHS teacher Chris Persad, WVMS teacher Shad Scarpula and WVCSD administrator Richard Linkens.

“One Book, One School” is a novel program in that children at all grade levels will be listening to the same book as it’s read aloud to them at home,” said Mrs. VanderKruik. “Reading professionals recommend reading material out loud that is beyond a child’s own reading level. And we also believe that you can and should continue reading chapter books with your older children, even when they are able to read by themselves.”

At the end of the assembly, Ralph the Mouse joined student senate members to hand out copies of “The Mouse and the Motorcycle” to all Park Avenue students. Books were purchased through a grant from the Warwick Foundation for Excellence in Learning (WFEL).

Happy reading Park Avenue!

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