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The goal of this grant is to create a shared reading experience within the North Shore Elementary school community. The school community involves not only all the personnel at the school but most importantly the students and their parents. The ultimate goal is to create a culture of literacy in every home.

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Read to Them! Create a Community of Readers Through One School, One Book Program

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School:
North Shore Elementary School 
Subject:
Language Arts 
Teacher:
Sally Baynard 
 
Tammi Gramlich, Debbie Knapp, Karen Pirone, Anne Newsome, Ashley Warner, Charlotte Suarez, Donna Hal 
Students Impacted:
350 
Grade:
K-5 
Date:
June 14, 2014

Investors

Thank you to the following investors for funding this grant.

 

Helen Raczkowski - $20.00

Cherie Pulen - $50.00

The Pinellas Education Foundation - $2,530.00

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Goal

The goal of this grant is to create a shared reading experience within the North Shore Elementary school community. The school community involves not only all the personnel at the school but most importantly the students and their parents. The ultimate goal is to create a culture of literacy in every home. 

 

What will be done with my students

The students will be introduced to the book through an exciting kickoff assembly. The title of the book is kept a secret from the students and their families until the assembly. EVERY family and every staff member will receive a copy of the same book to keep . Each night for the month of October, parents will read aloud one chapter to their child, approximately 15 minutes of reading. Parents will receive a schedule for reading, questions to ask, topics to discuss, and lists of words that may be new or challenging for the student. Each morning during Morning Announcements a trivia question will be asked. Students’ correct answers will be rewarded with small prizes or stickers related to the book. Other activities that relate and support the understanding of the book will happen throughout the month. (Since the title of the chosen book is a secret, I can’t reveal specific activities, BUT they could include poetry writing, chess, classical music, painting, reading Beowulf, and Medieval history just to name a few !) We will have a culminating event where both students and parents will be invited to attend.  

 

Benefits to my students

There are many benefits to the One School, One Book program. A few include:
• Improving listening comprehension
• Increasing vocabulary
• Providing fluency models
• Promoting conceptual understanding
• Lengthening attention spans
• Creating a positive attitude toward books and reading
• Providing for every parent a way to be involved with a school activity
• Creating a habit of reading aloud at home
• Providing a common topic for discussion for students, parents, and North Shore staff
North Shore Elementary is committed to involving parents in their child’s education. Most of our parents are not available to volunteer at the school on a regular basis during the school day. The One School, One Book program provides parents a way to be powerfully connected to their child’s education.
The One School, One Book program is part of the national organization, Read to Them. To find out more about this organization, go to www.readtothem.org
 

 

Describe the Students

North Shore is a Title One school. We have about 350 students in grades K-5 with 39% minorities. Our student population includes 24% ESE students. We also have four units of ASD - Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Our School grade for the past 4 years – 2009-10 (C), 2010-11 (C), 2011-12 (C), and 2012-13 (D)

 

 

Budget Narrative

North Shore Elementary has proven their commitment to the One School, One Book program by purchasing a life time membership to One School, One Book - Read to Them organization. The $500 membership provides the school with book discounts, program ideas for books, ideas for communicating with parents, trivia questions, discussion topics, activities, vital support and much more. This will be North Shore’s inaugural year. We need funds to purchase the books for each family and staff member, money for prizes for trivia questions, funds to decorate the school and funds to provide a memorable culminating activity for students and parents. In the chosen book the main character, a quite charming creature, loves to read, play chess, paint, write, listen to classical music, and eat a very delectable dessert! The OSOB committee at North Shore would like to have a culminating activity for parents and students that incorporate all these activities! 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 400 books (all same title) @4.50 each $1,800.00
2 small items for prizes $200.00
3 supplies for decorations $200.00
4 supplies/expenses for Kickoff and culminating event for families $400.00
  Total: $2,600.00

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