'One Book One School' provides one month of literacy and learning

Principal Lisa Thompson holds up a flag signed by first grade students, which was flown in Antarctica for two days in January and then returned to the school bearing a special stamp from the station where it flew.

The first full week back to school since the snow days has been a busy one for Cool Spring Primary students. On Monday, Feb. 6 they kicked off their month-long One Book One School selection, Mr. Popper's Penguins.

Each night students and their families are reading a chapter from the book at home. Students can answer trivia questions about the chapters at school the following day. On Thursday, each class received a special delivery courtesy of custodian, Greg Grey, who delivered a penguin (stuffed, of course) to their class. They then had many problems to solve. How would they take care of the penguin? What should they name the penguin? How would they provide food, water, and shelter?

This is only the beginning for Mr. Popper and his penguins, and for the families at Cool Spring. Activities to come for families in the month ahead include making a penguin to send in to school, sending in pictures from your family "expeditions", a family movie night on February 20, and an end-of-the-book "Bon Voyage" send-off for each of the class penguins as they journey to their "forever homes". Stay tuned for more on Cool Spring's penguin adventures!