Head O’ Meadow march to celebrate the conclusion of a school, a reading

Posted: Nov 02, 2022 8:00 AM Head O’ Meadow Elementary School recently celebrated the conclusion of its One School, One Reading program by asking students to enjoy history once again during a walk through the

Posted: Nov 02, 2022 8:00 AM

Head O’ Meadow Elementary School recently celebrated the conclusion of its One School, One Reading program by asking students to enjoy history once again during a walk through the school’s backyard.

On the morning of October 14, signs were put up on display around the pitch. As Head O’Meadow Library/Media Specialist Beth Murphy explained, each class provided a board, except for the Kindergarten students who worked together. Each plate shared a description of a chapter from the book and included an illustration.

By walking around the grounds, the students could relive the book while enjoying the creations of the other classes.

This year’s One School, One Read program at Head O’ Meadow enabled the whole school to read the book School days according to Humphrey, by Betty G. Birney. A description of the book reads: “Humphrey (a class’s pet hamster) is thrilled to return to room 26 and see all his old classmates again. But on the first day of school, a group of strange kids arrive and no matter how loud they squeal, they don’t realize they’re in the wrong room!

“Eventually, Humphrey realizes that these kids are his new classmates, and he sets off to find out all about them. He hasn’t forgotten his friends from last year, and of course they miss him dearly. But when they start talking about getting him out of Mrs. Brisbane’s room, Humphrey grows inexorably nervous How could he say goodbye to Mrs. Brisbane and Og – not to mention his new friends – for good?

“Everyone seems to like the book,” Murphy said, before the first class of students ventured outside the school to peruse the “book.”

Every student in the school received a copy of the book through the school’s PTA. The month was filled with activities. Murphy said read School days according to Humphrey near the start of the school year helped students experience the start of school alongside the book’s main character.

As a class headed outside to walk and read, the students began talking excitedly about what they had seen.

“Here is our board of directors! remarked a student.

Soon the students crowded into small groups around the first painting and eagerly marched to the next painting along the way.

Education Editor Eliza Van can be reached at [email protected]

Head O’ Meadow Library/Media Specialist Beth Murphy holds a copy of School Days According to Humphrey near the start of a book walk October 14. —Bee Photos, Van

On October 14, students at Head O’ Meadow read a story board placed around the school’s backyard as part of the final One School, One Reading celebration.