This project was awarded a NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education and Verizon Family Literacy Partnership grant in the amount of $5,000. Verizon grants support family literacy programs where public school educators partner with libraries or other community organizations.
One School, One Book is a project modeled after the highly successful “One City, One Book” program. All students in Ocean City High School (Cape May County) social studies classes will read the book “Close to Shore” by Michael Capuzzo. Using the book as a guide, students will learn about U.S. history and oceanography in social studies and science classes. Art classes will also feature projects based on the book, including a replica of a shark. Students will also learn about non-fiction writing, marine ecology, and local history.
The book’s author is actively engaged in planning activities and will visit the school to lead a book discussion. Teachers Angelo Thomas Di Bartolo, Andrew Bristol, Ida R. Margolis, Virginia Mulford, Chris Lentz, and Matt Oster will also engage the community by reaching out to local organizations to set up book discussions and related activities. Additionally, student projects related to this book will be displayed.
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Angelo Thomas Di Bartolo