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Gunpowder Elementary supports bullying prevention through reading initiative
03/10/2014

Spotlight

Gunpowder Elementary School has launched a community reading initiative that supports Baltimore County Public School’s campaign against bullying. The One School, One Book initiative is designed to create a community of readers and foster a love and excitement for reading. Every student and staff member at Gunpowder Elementary school received a copy of the novel Shredderman: Secret Identity. The theme of the novel is centered on how to deal with bullying. Connecting the “One School, One Book” initiative with the “Loving is Louder” bullying prevention campaign conveys the message that reading can connect to text in important and meaningful ways.

A variety of events have been organized to foster student connections to the text. Daily trivia questions make reading the text exciting, and an optional family reading project will give students the opportunity to work with family members to demonstrate their understanding of the novel. All students will participate in the creation of an anti-bullying poster, making a commitment to be kind to each other.

A Gallery Breakfast will be held on March 14th from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM for those students and families who go beyond reading the text by creating a project demonstrating their love and understanding of the novel. During this celebration, students and families will enjoy a light breakfast while sharing their projects and discussing events and concepts learned while reading the novel. In addition, a slide show of students, families, and faculty reading and interacting with the text will be presented. Finally, students will participate in a raffle for fun prizes.

A visit by the illustrator Brian Biggs is also planned for later in the spring. During this visit he will share his ideas about illustrating books, and he will offer students an opportunity to have their personal copies of Shredderman: Secret Identity signed.

 

Spotlight submitted by Christine Taylor of Gunpowder Elementary
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