One Book, One School, One Community goes to ‘war’

Elementary reading program selects ‘The Lemonade War’

TIME TO READ — Weirton Elementary School kicked off its One Book, One School, One Community program Tuesday, unveiling the selected book for this year. Students will be reading “The Lemonade War,” by Jacqueline Davies, with families encouraged to join in. -- Craig Howell

WEIRTON — It will be all-out-war for the pupils at Weirton Elementary School as they embark on this year’s One Book, One School, One Community program.

As part of the program, each child at Weirton Elementary will spend the next few weeks reading a selected book, with their families and the community encouraged to join in. This year, the book will be “The Lemonade War,” written by Jacqueline Davies.

“This is year three for us,” Principal Frank Carey explained, while welcoming pupils, teachers and guests to an assembly held Tuesday morning to unveil the book.

As part of One Book, One School, One Community, each pupil at Weirton Elementary will be given a copy of “The Lemonade War,” and be encouraged to read, on their own or with their families.

The youth will be quizzed each day about their reading assignments, with an opportunity to win daily prizes. Students also will be asked to keep track of their reading, and guest readers have been invited to the school each day to help them review.

The community also can participate, with community reading logs available at the Mary H. Weir Public Library.

The program will conclude Nov. 7, with a closing assembly, during which time there will be chances for prizes, including bicycles and a limousine ride.

Assistant Principal Denise Miller explained school staff have put hints on display throughout the school in recent weeks to see if anyone could guess this year’s featured book.

“We’ve been putting clues up for 14 days,” Miller said. “It has been top secret.”

Among the clues were drawings of an empty glass, an ice cube, a straw, a quarter, a sugar packet, math problems and a lemon wedge.

“The Lemonade War,” tells the story of siblings Evan and Jessie, who establish competing lemonade stands.

To add to the experience of this year’s program, Weirton Elementary will be setting up a lemonade stand as part of the annual MedExpress Kids Day, to be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at Marland Heights Park. Proceeds will benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a charitable organization which raises money for the battle against pediatric cancer.

The students also will embark on a battle of their own, with preschool through first grade facing off against the second through fourth graders to see which groups can have the best attendance. The winner will receive a lemonade and cookie party.

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