Farmington Schools launches ‘One School, One Book’ program

Save Me a SeatFarmington Public Schools on Monday kicked off this year’s “One School, One Book” program with the tale of two friends, brought together by a common enemy, who are determined to take back their lives.

Students in all eight of the District’s K-5 schools will read Save Me A Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan during March, which is National Reading Month. The “One School, One Book” program encourages reading together at home and is designed to create a shared reading experience and help students develop a lifelong love of reading.

“We are really excited to send books home with families today,” James White, the district’s Media Coordinator, said in a press release. “This would not be possible without the help of many people. We thank them for helping us bring our community together. ”

Originally started at Lanigan, Gill, and Longacre Elementary Schools by the schools’ media specialists, the program this year will reach about 3,628 Farmington Public Schools’ families. Previous selections include Gooseberry Park, Tale of Despereaux, The World According to Humphrey, The Cricket in Times Square, The Mouse and the Motorcycle, and Fenway and Hattie.

The schools have partnered with the Farmington Community Library and will participate in special “family nights” at the Main Library in Farmington Hills and Farmington branch.

The program is supported by donations from Friends of the Farmington Community Library, Farmington/Farmington Hills Education Foundation, the West Oaks Civitan Club, Beechview PTA, Forest PTA, Gill PTA, Hillside PTA, Kenbrook PTA, Lanigan PTA, Longacre PTA, and Wood Creek PTA.

Friends of the Farmington Community Library donated $6,000 that helped purchase 3,400 copies of the book. The West Oaks Civitan Club donated $500 and the Farmington/Farmington Hills Education Foundation donated $5,000.