Chestertown Lions support One School, One Book program at Garnet

CHESTERTOWN — Thanks to a donation from the Chestertown Lions Club, H.H. Garnet Elementary School students are joining with their parents in reading the same book together during the month of March in what is known as the One School, One Book program.

This year’s book is R.J. Palacio’s “Wonder,” a New York Times bestseller that has been published in more than 50 languages worldwide.

It’s the story about a 10-year-old boy with facial differences, who must deal with how others see and treat him as he bravely faces the challenges of fitting in at a new school. 

Along with kindness, the book is rich with other themes such as anti-bullying and having compassion, acceptance and empathy for those who appear different.

Garnet Elementary School students were given clues to guess the book title in the days leading up to the “big reveal” at an assembly held on March 1, when additional hints were given through skits and songs.

Books were sent home for families to enjoy as a shared reading activity.

During the morning announcements each day throughout March, a question is asked based on the assigned reading.

Prizes are awarded to students who answer the daily question correctly.

Students also are participating in classroom activities about the book.

As a culminating activity at the end of the month, students will go to a movie theater to watch the film “Wonder.”

The Chestertown Lions Club has donated money to the One School, One Book program for several years.

According to a news release, this year’s donation of $4,000 helped the school purchase more than 400 copies of “Wonder.”

“The entire staff and student body at H.H. Garnet Elementary School thank the Lions Club for their generous donation. We look forward to participating in this initiative every year, and they make it possible for us,” Heather Davis, the school’s Title I interventionist, said in the news release.

The One School, One Book program is a powerful literacy initiative designed to help an entire school community — children and parents — share a love of books and reading.


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