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Granum school students to share joy of literacy

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Granum school principal Jason Clifton with a copy of ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’ and two hand-made bunnies. The book is the focus of the school’s ‘Read to Them: One School — One Book’ project.

“The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” is under intense scrutiny this month at Granum school.
The children’s book written by award-winning author Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline is the focus of the school’s “Read to Them: One School — One Book” project.
“We thought the One School — One Book would be an awesome way to get everybody reading the same book and have the whole school involved in the same activities,” principal Jason Clifton said.
Granum Mayor Barin Beresford was at the school Jan. 6 right after the Christmas break to start the reading project.
Granum school has improving student literacy as the focus of its three-year plan.
Students will read a chapter a day, and the following day will all take a short quiz on that chapter administered over the school’s public address system, with the chance to win some prizes.
Clifton said having everyone in the school reading the same book will create excitement and a greater interest in reading.
“They can share in the enjoyment of the book and they can discuss it and there will be games and activities associated with the book,” Clifton said. “It’s going to enable them to enjoy it together.”
The school is encouraging parents to read a chapter a day with their children.
“The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” is about a china rabbit named Edward Tulane who disappears and embarks on a journey.
The book, which earned the author a Newberry medal and is a Parent’s Choice Award Book, is about love, loss and the power to love again.
“It was actually recommended by West Meadow school,” Clifton said. “They did it last year, and when they got feedback from their students they said it was just fantastic.”
Granum school staff was drawn to the characters Edward meets on his journey and his adventures, which help him to become a loving, caring individual.
Each student received a copy of “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” from the Claresholm Lions Club.
Students also received hand-made rabbits.
“It’s all about the joy of literacy together,” Clifton said. “It does get everybody reading.”

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