Imagine an entire school reading the same book at the same time. While this feat might sound impossible, Westmoreland County schools are making the impossible possible.
For about seven years, Cople Elementary has implanted the All School Read program with great success. After hearing how successful the program has been at Cople, Washington District Elementary decided to give it a try. Washington District Reading Specialist Beth Scherm said, “We felt it was time we tried our own to see how it went. The amount of positive feedback from both parents and students has been phenomenal!”
The All School Read program is a program in which every student at Washington District receives a book and parents/relatives read one chapter of the book aloud to their child/children every night. The school then has a trivia question at school the next morning on the announcements about the previous night’s reading. Students are given a calendar and parents initial each day. When the book is completed, students can create some type of visual to represent the book. All students who turn in a completed calendar and visual will receive a prize, which is a book of their choice.
Washington District has chosen the book The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary for the program this year. Scherm said that after a lot of discussion with principal Ms. Sandy Herdle, they decided that this book was a classic that would appeal to all ages, Pre-K through fifth grade.