Syracuse Latin Students Embark on All-School Book Club
Published on 4/30/21
District News Syracuse Latin
This Spring, students and families at Syracuse Latin joined together for an all-school book club, called ‘One School, One Book.’
Each family received a copy of the same book - Poppy for students in K-5 and Brown Girl Dreaming for students in grades 6 and 7. Families were asked to read the book at home together over the course of several weeks, checking a school Weebly page weekly to view videos, trivia questions and more. Students who answered weekly trivia questions were entered into a drawing, with winners being selected every week to order a book of their choice from the Scholastic catalog. The school Weebly page also featured weekly guest readers, contests and other activities to help encourage participation; and scholars even had the opportunity to participate in optional book chats on Teams with school staff!
“I am hoping the shared reading experience helps bring families together and spark conversations about each book,” Instructional Coach Jennifer Christie said. “Both books speak about the importance of family and courage.”
Brown Girl Dreaming is a true story of the author growing up in the 1960's in a time of turmoil. It tells the tale of her happy childhood despite the events happening during this time. Poppy is a fictional tale of woodland creatures and how they overcome adversity to persevere.
Students and families said the book club helped connect them with each other and with school – a plus during this challenging year.
“I liked the book ‘Poppy’ because it is funny, and it has a lot of action in it,” fourth grader Leela Kollali-Tampone said. “I like the One School, One Book because everyone reads the same book, and we can all talk about the same thing and you’re not spoiling the story for anybody because you always read together as a family. It has been helpful because it gives me something to do and think about.”
Leela’s mother, Sapna Kollali, said this is the family’s fourth year participating in the One School, One Book activity – but this year, their kindergartener, Jyothi, is officially joining in on the fun.
“We have always enjoyed reading as a family,” Ms. Kollali said. “This is Jyothi’s first official year participating, but she often read with us in previous years as well. Both of our daughters are avid readers and always have a book of their own, but the shared reading experience is also nice because we spend more time together and discover new novels. Even though we are doing most of the reading at home on our own, the daily announcements and trivia help connect this assignment back to school. That is especially nice this year with hybrid learning, where school can sometimes feel a little disconnected.”
What a great way to help encourage family literacy and connection during this challenging year!