One Book, One School

Hooper Finds a Family

by Jane Paley

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On Friday, January 6th, students attended the kick-off assembly for our winter One Book , One School reading of Hooper Finds a Family by Jane Paley.
One Book, One School is a program designed to create a shared reading experience within a school community. Hooper Finds a Family, a work of historical fiction, was selected and will be read aloud over the next several weeks by classroom teachers.  Activities that coordinate, promote and enrich the shared reading experience will also be undertaken.
We feel that the book that we have selected is a great read that will not only promote our school community, but will build a sense of community with our neighbors on Sanibel Island who were recently impacted by Hurricane Ian.  Hooper Finds A Family tells the story of a puppy who survives Hurricane Katrina.  While reading, students will discover the impact of hurricanes, as well as the sense of community that ensues when everyone comes together for a common cause.  And we, as a McAlister Community, will come together to help the people and wildlife of Sanibel Island.  First, we will be connecting with high school students from southern Florida to learn all about life during and after a hurricane.  Second, we will be participating in DOUGH FOR CROW, a collection meant to raise funds for CROW - Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife -  a teaching veterinary hospital on Sanibel that specializes in helping displaced and injured wildlife.  Finally, students will be creating bookmarks that will be donated to the Sanibel School, along with the books and funds collected during a recent used book sale.
Our library media center will display numerous titles for students to learn more about hurricanes, animal rescues and adoption, as well as community organizations. It is our hope that reading together inspires further reading on related topics and themes. When an entire school community reads the same book, the buzz and excitement around the book is exceptional. Reading a book together brings the added joy of building and expanding a sense of community among students, parents, teachers, staff – and beyond.  

We are so excited to go on this reading journey with our students.  Click the links below for more information.

Reading Schedule

Assembly Presentation

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Joy Tierney, McAlister Library Media Specialist, or Christy Baril,  K-5 Humanities Curriculum Coach.

Happy reading!