Cascade Elementary Commences Third ‘One School, One Book’ Campaign


Ketochi photo by Ricky Day

The One School, One Book display is located in the elementary hallway.

Ricky Day, Staff Writer

Academics are really important in this community, and the elementary school really helps out on that.

For the third year in a row, every elementary student in Cascade is participating in the One School, One Book program, which is promoted by Read to Them, a non-profit organization that promotes family literacy.

In the past, Cascade students have read The Trumpet and the Swan and Masterpiece.  This year’s book is My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George. This book was published in 1959.

One School, One Book is a celebration of learning and literature.  The idea is to have every student from kindergarten through sixth grade to read a chapter every night with his or her family.

The school supports this reading by asking a question after every assigned reading.  Students who correctly answer the question are entered into a drawing for a prize.

“It helps the students with reading skills and gets families involved with what is going on,” said elementary principal Siobhan Hathhorn.  “It is awesome to see the students so engaged in this, and I hope to see the same in the future.”

According to the Read to Them website, the group seeks to “educate families and schools on the benefits and importance of reading aloud at home. A growing body of research describes the complex and permanent effects of reading aloud. Children who are read to learn to read more easily and become better readers. Literacy skills provide the basis for a lifetime of learning and productivity.”