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Olentangy Local Schools ONE COMMUNITY Conference African American Read-In
February 22, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
During the month of February, the Equity & Inclusion Team is hosting an “African American Read-In” for the entire district. In order to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month, the goal of NCTE’s initiative is to have students read books by Black authors that elevate Black experiences.
Students that participate in the book trivia will be entered into a raffle to win a copy of one of Oge Mora’s books!
This year, we have chosen eight books (2 per week) for our elementary school students. We will be providing the community with a reading calendar that includes the following:
**You can access the reading calendar here.
The main read-in event will take place on February 22 from 6:00-7:00 PM, when we host author and illustrator Oge Mora (creator of Thank You, Omu!) for a virtual book talk. Students and their families are invited to attend. Please RSVP here to save your spot.
Students that participate in the book study and attend the “Book Talk with Matthew Carter” will be entered into a raffle to win a signed copy of Ghost.
This year, we have chosen the book “Ghost” by Jason Reynolds for our middle school and high school read. We will be providing the community with a reading calendar that includes the following:
- Suggested weekly chapters
- Discussion questions and/or activities to do with family members or friends
**You can access the introductory video and reading/discussion calendar here.
The main read-in event will take place on February 22 from 7:00-8:00 PM, when we host Matthew Carter (inspiration behind Ghost) for a virtual book talk. Students and their families are invited to attend. Please RSVP here to save your spot.
Families are encouraged to have a copy of the text: they purchase the book, it is currently available for $5.99 on Amazon or the Central Library Consortium has 166 titles available for check out.