One School – One Book Initiative

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Sixth and seventh grade students at Prairie Knolls Middle School unite this fall for the One School–One Book initiative. During their English language arts classes, students are listening to A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. As they listen, discuss and reflect on the struggles that Sudanese people face as a result of their nation’s ongoing conflict, students will gain a broader understanding of global issues and the individuals impacted by them. One of the narrators in the story is a young boy named Salva who becomes a “lost boy” due to the fact that he must flee his village without his parents and walk hundreds of miles to safety.  Thousands of young boys in Sudan made this arduous journey across Sudan and into Ethiopia, and some eventually had to go back through Sudan to get to Kenya to reach refugee camps and safety.

On the morning of October 19th, students will attend a school-wide assembly that connects what they are reading in class to the real world, giving them an opportunity to reflect on their social responsibility. The presentation will feature a man named ArkAngelo, a former lost boy, who will tell about his experiences and journey coming to America. To learn more about the book and the learning objectives of the school engagement initiative, please watch this short video featuring a Prairie Knolls teacher.

You are invited to take part in this compelling global discussion. Join Prairie Knolls students and staff on October 19th at 7 p.m. to see the journey of ArkAngelo and to engage in the 2017 PKMS One School – One Book initiative.

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