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All ages in Oxford are reading one book; Miami students help make it happen

09/18/2012

Fifty Miami University students are an integral part of a multi-generational reading program spanning elementary-school to senior (citizen) readers.

Members of the Miami University Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education will introduce local students and the Oxford community to an award-winning author during the 7th Annual Sandy Hormell Book Celebration.

Talawanda Middle School students and their teachers read young-adult author Shelley Pearsall's book All of the Above as a schoolwide read-aloud.

Pearsall will speak at the Oxford Community Arts Center at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20. A reception, book sale and book signing will follow at the Oxford Lane Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Kappa Delta Pi members will lead mini-lessons and book discussions with students before Pearsall’s visit to the school on Friday, Sept. 21.

The Sandy Hormell Book Celebration has been Kappa Delta Pi’s signature service event since the project’s inception.

"[The event] is a way for us, as future educators, to get students engaged and excited about reading … We want them to become life-long readers,” said junior special education major and Kappa Delta Pi co-president Katelyn Burke. “We love doing this event because the students and teachers welcome us into the classroom with open arms."

“We couldn't provide this enriching experience without [Kappa Delta Pi’s] help,” said Ruth Pettitt, Talawanda-Miami Partnership program associate and special projects coordinator.

Thirty fifth-graders from Bogan, Kramer, and Marshall elementaries will also discuss the book over lunch with community seniors and members of the Miami Institute for Learning in Retirement at the Knolls of Oxford on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

“[The book celebration] is the only communitywide event that celebrates literacy across the generations, from elementary age children to our senior citizens and everyone in between,” Pettit said.

All of the Above is Ohio native Shelley Pearsall’s first contemporary novel and is a 2007 ALA Notable book. The book follows four students in inner city Cleveland trying to set a math record by building the world’s largest tetrahedron.

The annual book celebration honors Sandy Hormell, a longtime Talawanda and Miami employee whose life was claimed by ALS in 2004. Her passion for reading and education made her a beloved teacher and colleague.

The event’s partners and sponsors include the Friends of Oxford Lane Library, Knolls of Oxford, Miami University Partnership Office, Oxford Community Foundation, Oxford Wal-Mart, Talawanda Middle School, Talawanda Middle School PTG, Talawanda-Miami Partnership and the Wal-Mart Foundation.

Written by Emily Seiders, news and public information office intern

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