For the second year, the staff at Northfield Elementary School have worked to promote reading by organizing the One School, One Book literacy program, which puts the same book into the hands of nearly 500 students in the school, so students can develop their love of reading in conjunction with their families.
"Last year the program was such a success, we felt it was appropriate to bring it back again," said second-grade teacher Nicole Notarian, one of the staff organizers.
She said planning for the program, which began at the end of February and culminated with an assembly March 23, began before last school year ended, as the inaugural program was such as success.
Last year's boom was "Kenny and the Dragon," written by Tony DiTerlizzi.
This year's selection was "The World According to Humphrey," by Betty G. Birney. In the story, Humphrey the hamster is brought to school by a substitute teacher. He then explains what we can learn about ourselves by taking care of another species.
Notarian said the program would not be possible without staff volunteers, who formed multiple committees who meet throughout the year to plan. She says fundraising was a "huge" part of this year's program, with about $2,200 raised, thanks to the efforst of a committee that planned and coordinated multiple fundraising events with local businesses.
As with last year's program, the Nordonia Schools Foundation provided a grant in support. Other corporate supporters included Costco, Chipotle, Chick-fil-A, Five-Below, and Applebee's.
The Nordonia Hills Branch Library also helped out with special programs and by designing activities to go along with this year's book.
At the final assembly, more than 30 prizes were given out to students, from T-shirts and water bottles, to book bags and gift cards. Second-grader Julia Ross won the grand prize, Humphrey the live hamster, and got to take him home.