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Lewiston-Porter's "One District, One Book" program aims to promote student literacy

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Posted at 5:00 AM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 06:24:24-05

YOUNGSTOWN, N.Y. (WKBW) — It’s not your typical reading lesson inside Lewiston-Porter Central School District’s Primary Education Center.

Students are participating in a six-week program called “One District, One Book.”

Students and teachers grades kindergarten through six voted on the book and are reading it together as a district. This year’s winner is “Fenway and Hattie” by Victoria J. Coe.

Each chapter is read by a different community member.

“There’s guest readers that read like my next door neighbor. He’s a state trooper,” explained sixth grader, Dane Winstanley. “And there’s trivia questions every week. So, it helps you get into book and gets your family together and it’s really fun,” added classmate Kiersten Elliott.

This year, the district focused on healthcare workers and first responders for its guest readers. Lindsay Gubala was asked to read chapter 13. She’s a parent of two in the district. But, she’s also an emergency room nurse at Mount Saint Mary’s Hospital.

“There’s limited volunteer opportunities, so this was my way of still being able to be involved in my children's classes,” Gubala said.

“We just thought it was really important to highlight them and have our students get to know those community workers,” said Lewiston-Porter educator Heather Zielinski. “It helps the child to become an effective read and encourages a life long love of reading and learning,” she added.