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One Richmond One Book Kick-Offs at Elementary Schools Across the City

On October 7, students, families, and staff from each RPS elementary school began reading The Lemonade Crime, by Jacqueline Davies, as the second year of One Richmond One Book kicked-off across the city.

Each school will host an assembly event to celebrate the start of One Richmond One Book, a family literacy reading program sponsored by the Richmond-based, national non-profit organization, Read to Them.

“It’s critically important to have parents, guardians and caretakers be actively engaged in the lives of their children, and the One Richmond One Book program inspires that engagement through the joy of reading,” said Mayor Levar Stoney, who read at four Richmond elementary schools in support of the program last year. “I’m absolutely thrilled our students, families, and schools will have the opportunity to read and share three more books together again this school year.”  

“The One Richmond One Book program gives our families one more reason to sit down and share a good book together, “ said RPS Superintendent Jason Kamras. “I love visiting schools and talking with students during the month they are reading the One Richmond One Book title and students love knowing that I am reading the book at home with my family just like them.”

One School, One Book is the brainchild of the locally based non-profit Read to Them. Their family literacy programs, especially One School, One Book, has served 3,000 schools in 49 states across the nation and has inspired over 2 million families.

“The secret sauce of family literacy is to create a symbiosis between home and school. When students see their book being read and shared and discussed at home and school, they are surrounded by the culture of literacy,” explains Read to Them Director, Bruce Coffey.

One Richmond One Book will include three reading events this school year. Students and families will read The Lemonade Crime in October; a family financial literacy title in March; and each student will receive a self-selected summer reading title in June. This fall’s title, The Lemonade Crime, involves students who put on their own trial - and learn about due process and the Constitution - to find out who stole missing lemonade earnings.

Read to Them welcomes donors and volunteers who want to support or participate in the One Richmond One Book program. 

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