In November, students at Waverly Yowell Elementary School participated in the One School, One Book program for the third year. This program was designed to create a spark in reading for all students and an opportunity for many levels of discussion.
This year, students at Waverly partnered with 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students at Madison County High School in a PenPal project to write about books. “The aim of the program is for students to adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences. The excitement of communicating with a high school student about what students are reading will create a spark for wanting to read and write more, which will increase literacy for all of our students,” said Jennifer Brockman, English teacher at MCHS and Administrative Intern at WYES.
On Friday, the letters written by MCHS students were delivered to WYES by “Pony Express.” All students and faculty lined the sidewalk eagerly awaiting the arrival. MCHS Physical Education teacher, Charlotte Edwards and Administrative Assistant, Michelle Farmer carried the letters by horseback for the special delivery.
When the horses arrived, the excitement could be felt in the air, as students could not wait to get their hands on their letters. “We are excited to partner with the high school to promote our One School, One Book program as well as nurture a culture of literacy,” WYES Principal, Joe Kubricki.
Both schools will continue writing letters this year focusing on different themes for each month. The collaboration between the schools is just one of many efforts the school system supports for building life-long learners in Madison County.