Celebrating Humphrey! Community-wide literacy program in Bay comes to a close

Normandy Elementary School in Bay Village celebrated the conclusion of its three-week-long, community-wide literacy project "One School One Book" on Friday, March 21. Students and their families had all been reading along with the same book, "The World According to Humphrey" by Betty G. Birney, and classes were treated to a surprise visit from the hamster himself!

The project, funded by the Bay Village Education Foundation and Normandy PTA, was implemented by Normandy Principal Dan Sebring and his Literacy Committee. Every student at the school received a copy of the book, a packet with directions on reading along and other fun activities, and the chance to win raffle prizes by "spotting" Humphrey around town. Humphrey posters were placed in various Bay businesses for Normandy students to find, and when they found "Humphrey," they'd receive a raffle ticket. Students could also turn in tickets with their answers to questions about the book. 

Students and families had the opportunity to interact via blog posts about the book and its characters. They also were treated to several video "hints" via email before the title of the book was revealed in an assembly at Bay High on March 3.

The response to this project has been overwhelmingly postiive, as evidenced by the excitement on students' faces when Humphrey visited their classrooms to discuss the book with them!

For more information on the Bay Village Education Foundation and the innovative projects it funds, go to bayedfoundation.org. For more information on Normandy's One School One Book project, go to bayvillageschools.com.

Jacquie Mayer

Bay Village Education Foundation trustee

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