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District Recognized as National Model for #LRSD1District1Book Effort

The Little Rock School District was recognized as a model for its literacy efforts by national organization, Read to Them, during the recent celebration of the District's annual reading effort at the Clinton Presidential Center (CPC).  Bruce Coffey, program director for Read to them, touted LRSD's districtwide push to promote reading and financial literacy, presenting Superintendent Mike Poore with the 2018 One Book One District of the Year Award. LRSD's approach to promote reading and financial literacy is being replicated across the country.

Through #LRSD1District1Book, all nearly 13,000 of the District's K-5 students read the same book. Parents are also encouraged to join their students during this month-long effort by reading the book with them in the evenings and on weekends.  Research indicates that “children who are read to learn to read more easily and become better readers. Literacy skills provide the basis for a lifetime of learning and productivity.”    

For this year's book selection, students read Cleo Edison Oliver - Playground Millionaire, by Sundee T. Frazier, incorporating related skits, songs and other projects.  As part of the project-based learning opportunities connected to the book, K-3rd grade students created toys for the market place and 4th-5th grade students developed projects to pitch for funding at  "Shark Tank" events. Winners at the school-based competitions advanced to the finale, held at CPC during the #LRSD1District1Book culminating celebration.

Students making sales pitches to sharks









Congratulations are in order for the winners of the fierce Shark Tank competitions.  The Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce provided $2K in prize money for the lucky young entrepreneurs.

picture of 1st place winner lucy catherine carter

1st Place- Recipient of $750
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Lucy-Catherine Carter
Booker Arts Magnet Elementary

LRSD families enjoyed the festive atmosphere duing the celebration and getting to meet Cleo Edison Oliver – Playground Millionaire author, Sundee Frazier, who was a big hit with the crowd. 

Sundee Frazier posing with school administrators

A special thanks to District partners, volunteers, school staff members, custodians and security teams for their generous support in helping to make the event a success.  LRSD is appreciative to sponsors that included Bank of the Ozarks, First Security, Rotary Club 99, Economics Arkansas, Read to Them, and the Clinton Presidential Center.  Students can't wait until next year!  Meantime, if you'd like to hear more from the celebrity readers who are joining LRSD in promoting literacy, click here.