One Book, One School

One Book, One School
One Book, One SchoolRed Bank is excited to announce that we started a brand new program called One Book, One School.  It is a nationwide program to inspire our students to build a love of reading.  Every student received his or her very own book to take home.  We chose the title The One and Only Ivan.  It is based on the true story of the "Urban Gorilla" who was kept in a roadside mall and the good citizens who found a way to rescue Ivan.  The story is told from Ivan's point of view and it includes the heartwarming, but often times heartbreaking stories of his friends, the elephants, Stella and Ruby, and a stray dog, Bob.   After a kickoff assembly, students went home with their books.  The philosophy of the program is to build family bonding and a love of reading by spending a few minutes each night reading together.  Every day at Red Bank the students are asked an Ivan Trivia Question.  Winners get to pick a prize out of our prize box.  The students are loving the activity because all staff and families are reading.  The custodians, teachers, instructional aides, and secretaries are discussing the book each day.  Needless to say, the compassion and empathy or youngest learners are displaying is absolutely amazing!
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