Hilliard launches One School, One Book program

Humphrey, the hamster from “The World According to Humphrey” was the special guest at Hilliard's One School, One Book assembly on March 2.

Hilliard Elementary School students embarked on an all-school book club on March 2 – One School, One Book. Every family received a copy of “The World According to Humphrey” by Betty G. Birney and was encouraged to read it as a family over the next three weeks.

The school kicked off the family literacy program with a school assembly that featured Humphrey himself. To prepare for the event, students watched video clues about the book and made predictions about the book plot and title. Follow along with the students on the Hilliard One School, One Book blog at wlake.org/schools/hilliard/hilliardblog.
After the assembly children received a packet including a reading schedule and bookmark. Parents and children were asked to read a chapter a night, about 15 minutes. The packet also includes daily trivia questions to encourage and reward attentive listening. Students have the opportunity to answer questions and then return them to school to be entered in a daily raffle for prizes.
Hilliard also partnered with local businesses. Clues on the location of these businesses was included in the packet. When families visit those businesses between March 2 and 19 and find Humphrey’s picture, they will receive a ticket to be entered in a weekly raffle.
Among the locations participating are: Walgreens, Westlake Recreation Department, Pet Supplies Plus, Silver Fox Florist, Barnes & Noble, Learning Express Toys, Westlake Porter Public Library, Romeo's Pizza and Damon’s Grill.
The One School, One Book program is a family literacy program that creates a school-wide book club. Everyone – students, families, teachers, staff – reads the same book at the same time. Hilliard Elementary launched the program during Right to Read Week and was able to provide all of its families with a book based on donations and book fair proceeds from last year.

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