Laura Arndt

Mississippi Heights Elementary School
Sauk Rapids, MN

Project Description:

Arndt’s winning project, “One District, One Book,” aims to unite the community in literacy by having all kindergarten through eighth-grade students read the same book, at the same time. The key ingredient includes providing parents with a schedule for reading the novel aloud to their children at home on a daily basis. Each day at school, there will be shared literacy activities, including trivia questions about the previous night’s reading. Activities will be provided for students to enjoy on family nights at home. Literacy skills provide the basis for a lifetime of learning and productivity. Arndt, who lives in Rice, hopes her project will create a common experience for literacy discussions, encourage parental involvement and both foster and strengthen every child’s imagination and love of reading.