One School, One Book at Diven Elementary

One School, One Book at Diven Elementary
Posted on 03/08/2023
One School, One Book at Diven Elementary

Diven Elementary School Unites Home and School through One School One Book Family Reading Program

340 Diven Elementary students brought home a copy of Ellray Jakes is a Rock Star! By Sally Warner, and began reading it with their families on Monday, March 6, 2023. During the month of March, students and families will read the book together at home while celebrating and exploring the novel at school. It’s all part of a unique, national family literacy program called One School, One Book from non-profit Read to Them designed to strengthen the educational connection between home and school.

“Reading a common book together turns out to be a terrific way to unite a school community and increase parental involvement. Reading aloud at home ensures students come to school prepared to read and to succeed – in school and in life,” explains Read to Them Director of Programs, Bruce Coffey.

Diven will join the schools and districts across North America who have undertaken this family literacy strategy. Families will read and discuss Ellray and his friends, at home. In school, students will experience dynamic assemblies, answer trivia questions, and engage in creative extension activities.

One School One Book is the flagship program of Read to Them, a national non-profit based in Richmond, Virginia. The organization’s mission is to create a culture of literacy in every community. “The secret sauce of family literacy is to create a symbiosis between home and school. When students see their book being read and shared and discussed at home and school, they are surrounded by the culture of literacy,” explains Read to Them Director of Programs, Bruce Coffey.

Read to Them’s family literacy programs have reached over 2 million families in over 3,000 schools in all 50 states (and 6 Canadian provinces). A continually growing body of research demonstrates that children who are read to at home are better prepared to read, succeed in school, and graduate.