Launch of ‘One book, One Community’

Suzanne Reid, Killasonna NS and Dr Christy Duffy, Chief Executive Longford/Westmeath Education & Training Board at the launch of the 'One Book One Community' initiative. Photo By Shelley Corcoran
Representatives from schools and education centres throughout Granard and Abbeylara visited Ardscoil Phádraig, Granard on Tuesday, February 4, as they launched the ‘One book, One Community’ initiative.

Representatives from schools and education centres throughout Granard and Abbeylara visited Ardscoil Phádraig, Granard on Tuesday, February 4, as they launched the ‘One book, One Community’ initiative.

The aim of the initiative is to get as many people as possible in the area reading the same book at the same time, thus promoting reading and literacy within the community.

Abbeylara NS, Aughnagarron NS, Sacred Heart Granard NS, Kileen NS, Kilasonna NS, Bunlahy NS, Youthreach Granard and Ardscoil Phádraig will all read John Boyne’s ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ for the project.

In total, over 500 families have each received their own copy of the novel and are encouraged to read and discuss the book. Activities will also take place within the chosen schools to support the reading of the text, including poster and book review competitions. All entries should be received by Ardscoil Phádraig no later than Friday, March 14.

On Thursday, March 20, the participants will return to Ardscoil Phádraig to watch the film adaptation of the book, before the winners of the competitions are announced.

To round off the well-attended launch night, Art teacher, Ms Cooney, along with her students added a touch of glamour to proceedings, unveiling their Junk Couture projects. The students are creating high fashion outfits, using only recycled products.

A special word of thanks to Dr Christy Duffy, CE of Longford and Westmeath ETB for his ongoing support and commitment to this project and for his sponsorship of the competition prizes. A big thank you to Ms Nevin, Ms Reilly, Ms McGuinness and Ms Brady for organising the launch night. Finally, thanks to Ms Cooney and her art students for the fabulous posters and to Ms Murtagh for the lovely refreshments on the night.