February 5th was the first day of the 1 Book, 1 Campus program at Campus Middle School, and by the end of the day, more than 500 students had picked up a free copy of “I.Q.: Independence Hall,” the first book in an action adventure series by Roland Smith.
“I’m excited to read this book and the rest of the series,” said eighth grader Gabby Weiss, after getting her copy of the book, which included a book mark and an autograph from the author.
The 1 Book, 1 Campus program is designed to build a community around reading for the sake of reading, no homework, assignments or strings attached.
“I think it’s cool,” said eighth grader Zephaniah Davis. “It helps people read more and it unites the school where we can all talk about one topic.”
“It’s promoting literacy and building community,” said Derek Phelan, Campus librarian. “About 80 percent of the staff is reading the book too.”
The program was suggested by a parent, supported by the principal and staff and organized by a committee of students, teachers, administrators and parents.
“The committee read 140 books and selected this one,” Phelan explained. He said the committee looked for a book that was appropriate for, and appealing to, both boys and girls in sixth to eighth grade.
Comfort Dental donated 1,000 copies of the book to Campus. When students pick them up, they’re told they can keep the book, or read it and return it. Campus will “pay it forward” and share the books with another school next year.
Campus planned a week of fun lunch hour activities to kick-off the program. Because the book deals with music, Campus principal, Dr. Enrique Rosales, and English teacher, Erika DeShay, sang songs and played guitar on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Greenwood Village police officers shared high tech crime-fighting equipment including robots and night vision goggles. Thursday a magician will perform because one of the main characters is an amateur magician.
See photos of the 1 Book, 1 Campus kickoff on the Cherry Creek Schools Facebook page.
Posted February 6, 2014.