Gurney Elementary held its surprise One School, One Book kick off on November 1st. The book is Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. The Chagrin Dads’ Club outdid themselves again and turned the school’s entrance into Zuckerman’s Farm by building the front of a barn. There are authentic barn doors and even a split rail fence, just like in the book. Chagrin Valley Rotary and Chagrin Falls PTO provided every child with a book. Wilbur, the pig, was on campus to visit with the students and staff, too. There were many guest readers and everyone is excited to begin the journey together in reading Charlotte’s Web. The entire school will read the book throughout the month of November. There will be many fun activities, including dressing in farm clothes on November 15th. Podcasts are available on the Gurney website so students can read along with Principal Dr. Rachel Jones, Superintendent Robert Hunt, teachers, students, and other family and friends of the school. The website also will include a place to upload pictures of children reading their books, fun links, and other information.
This year, Gurney’s One School, One Book service project will benefit Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary in Ravenna, Ohio. The Gurney school community will collect aluminum cans to donate to Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary. Happy Trails periodically takes the aluminum cans donated to B & B Recycling where donated cans are turned into money that directly benefits the farm animals rescued by Happy Trails. Students can place cans in bins located at Gurney. After One School, One Book, the cans will be taken to Happy Trails. Monetary donations also are being accepted.
To end the One School, One Book event, students and staff are encouraged to see the high school’s performance of Charlotte’s Web on November 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th in the Studio Theatre.