THREE OAKS — River Valley Elementary students got their “Two Schools, One Book” title for National Reading Month on March 2.

“Shiloh” by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor is the award-winning story of 11-year-old Marty Preston, who begins looking out for a neighbor’s beagle after it becomes apparent the dog is being mistreated. His father refuses to let him keep the dog, but after it runs away from home for a second time Marty takes matters into his own hands. It is set in Friendly, West Virginia.

After receiving the book (Three Oaks pupils got copies from members of the Rotary Club of Harbor Country in the morning while students at the Chikaming Campus got theirs in the afternoon) discussion groups explored subjects such as “What do you think will happen?; “What is the book’s main message?; and “Tell us about your pets.”

Under the “Two Schools, One Book” program children primarily read the book at home with their family.

Three Oaks Principal Heidi Clark said on April 19 that students and their families recently finished reading “Shiloh.”Young readers received extra help since Michigan schools were closed to help slow the spread of coronavirus on March 16 via videos on the district website that showed River Valley teachers, administrators, and special guests such as her son, Josh, reading chapters from the book. Heidi CLark said she read the final chapter.

“It gave us a united feeling that we were all doing that in the middle of what’s going on.”

‘The Tomato Collection’

NEW BUFFALO — The New Buffalo Elementary March Reading Month book — “The Tomato Collection” by Kevin Kammeraad — was distributed on March 6.

Title 1 Coordinator Melissa Lijewski said the collection of poetry, and by March 13 teachers had already conducted some activities related to the book including creating some puppets to be shared with reading buddies.  

Kammeraad was slated to visit the school on March 27, but that event was one of many stopped by the coronavirus closure.

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