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Students at Pawtucket Middle School in Rhode Island participated in the One Book One Day program, dedicating themselves to reading an entire book in one day for the love of reading.

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Students read and lived Shelley Pearsall’s “All of the Above” while enjoying recipes that are a part of the book.

“We hijacked the whole day,” said sixth grade teacher Noreen Elliott. “We’re reading in P.E.; we’re reading in science. We have one of our cafeteria staff members reading one of the recipes.”

Elliott said that the celebration was a community building exercise in how to foster literacy. The day began with an assembly where students read the first few chapters to the whole school.  By the end of the day, everyone had finished the 256 page book. Each student received a copy, and read to themselves or followed along with others reading aloud throughout the day.

“It’s really neat that everybody is reading the same book and we’re all going to finish it,” said seventh-grader Kelsea Anderson. “It’s kind of a chill day, too, so that’s fun.”

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