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Program Continues to Bolster Love of Reading, Community Inclusion

Jeff Nicholas, Highland retired teacher and artist, with Sharon studentsHHS senior Elly Ciesinski guides Hinckley 2nd grader Sophia Schidowka as she creates her own mini artwork.Over the past several years, the One District, One Book program, sponsored by The Highland Foundation, has proven extremely successful in fostering a love of reading for students in grades K-5. Each January, students and staff enjoy a whole-school “book reveal” assembly. This year was no different as students could barely contain their excitement to start reading the book “Masterpiece” by Elise Broach. 

To supplement this month-long program, “Masterpiece” author Elise Broach was invited to each school to offer a presentation on her book and explain what it takes to become a children’s author. 

Additionally, Granger and Sharon students were treated to an all-school assembly featuring retired Granger teacher and cartoon artist, Jeff Nicholas. He used his cartoons and original artwork to tie into the themes of the book. A special thanks to the Sharon and Granger PTOs for sponsoring Mr. Nicholas’ visit. 

“Mystery readers” were also welcomed at each elementary school and several book-related activities were held throughout the month, including a visit from National Art Honor Society members from Highland High School. They helped the elementary students create their own mini artwork inspired by the animal drawings of Albrecht Durer. Durer is the artist featured in “Masterpiece.”

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