Longfellow is full of mice. On Thursday afternoon, rows of them crowded the multipurpose room, positively squeaking in anticipation.
The staff and student body eagerly donned mouse ears to kick off “One School, One Book.” A school-wide book club, the program will have every member of the Longfellow Elementary community – students, teachers, administrators, cafeteria workers, custodians, support staff – reading the same book for the next month. The name of the book was revealed during a special assembly.
The first clue was the mouse ears.
Night custodian Isaac Presley rode into the gym on the next clue, a motorcycle.
Instructional coach Ariane Stumbaugh asked the crowd: “Can you figure out the title?”
Students squealed and then shouted it together: “The Mouse and the Motorcycle!”
“Our goal is to unite our community around the conversation and the experience of reading the exact same book at the same time,” Stumbaugh explained.
Each student received a copy of the Beverly Cleary book. There will be trivia questions and prizes after each section, a door-decorating contest and family literacy celebration at the end of May.
Kindergartener Alexa was happy about starting her first chapter book. Her classmate flipped through his new possession, glad to see it contains pictures.
Fifth grader Adan likes the idea of everyone reading the same book together.