‘Pie Walks’ Part of West Carroll Primary’s Community Read
By LYNNETTE FORTH | For The Prairie Advocate News
A group of teachers at the West Carroll Primary School are working to get a community wide reading event organized. Teacher Keta Foltz explained how the program will work.
“Basically, we are working together with the Savanna, Mount Carroll, and Thomson communities on a Community Read. The program is a local event in which the whole community participates by reading the same book. When a community reads and discusses a book together, we support literacy, education, and public involvement.
“Our group name ‘West Carroll Community Reads for a Week’ is a combination of the West Carroll Schools, community, and our author Sarah Weeks, the author of over fifty books. The students will be reading many of these books; however, we chose her book “Pie” for the community read.”
This program is possible due to a grant from the Illinois Reading Council, and also through funds raised from the Scholastic Book Fairs held annually at the West Carroll Primary and Middle Schools. Three hundred copies of the book have been purchased to be used in the schools and the communities.
“We are spreading the word to read the book, sign your name on the inside front cover, and pass it on,” Foltz said. Books are available at the libraries in each participating town, as well as the Primary School in Savanna.
Community members that have read the book may receive a free wristband showing that they have read the book, and that this will start discussion about the book among the community. “Wrist bands are free, but we would accept donations!” Foltz added.
Foltz reported that other books will be available for purchase, as well as wristbands for those books also. Sarah Weeks’ other novels: So B It, As Simple As It Seems, and Jumping the Scratch, will be available at the many events hosted throughout the year, with t-shirts available for purchase thanks to Randy Remrey of BSD Printing of Mount Carroll. Proceeds from the shirts and book sales will go directly back into the community reading program.
Kick-off events have been organized, which include:
- Saturday, August 31, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.- Pie Walk at the band stand in downtown Mt.Carroll;
- Sunday, September 1, 11 a.m. to 1p.m.- Pie Walk at Shivers in Savanna;
- Saturday, September 21, Pie Walk (no specific time set yet).
During the “Pie Walks,” participants may purchase the chance to win a pie for just twenty five cents. Anyone willing to donate a pie for the August 31st event is asked to drop the pie off at the Primary School in Savanna or the Middle School in Mount Carroll on August 30th.
“We have written grants for the past seven years to bring authors into our schools,” Foltz stated. “This year, we are hoping to get everyone involved. Sarah Weeks will be coming to visit in March. We have just seven short months to pass the book ‘Pie’ around within our West Carroll community. It’s a quick read, and a great book you can share with everyone you know!”
More information about Sarah Weeks can be found at www.sarahweeks.com. Foltz encouraged everyone to “LIKE our West Carroll Community Reads for Weeks facebook page to keep updated on local events.”