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Conesville wraps up One Book One School project with assembly

| September 12, 2016

CONESVILLE – Conesville Elementary School held an assembly on Sept. 8 as a culminating activity to its One School One Book event. Federal Title 1 funds were used to purchase a book for each family and the entire school read the same book at home each night.

“It’s important to read out loud to your children,” said Patti Bible, a reading teacher at the school. “The benefits are so great. It helps them increase their vocabulary, become more effective readers and so much more.”

The book title was “Tornado,” written by Betsy Byars. It was a story about a special dog found during a storm. Bible and fellow reading teacher Annette Civiello organized the event and each day a “Tornado” trivia question was asked and each class submitted answers with winners being drawn daily. Bible said many teachers also did activities in their classrooms that were connected to the book.

As a community project during the 10 day reading activity, families collected supplies for the local animal shelter. Fifth grade student Colin Addy’s dad works at Nestle Purina in Zanesville and the company donated a ton and a half of dog food to the shelter. All donations were presented to Chris Sturtz during the assembly who brought two cats from the shelter to show the students.

“We will probably get 2,000 cats and kitties this year at the shelter,” she said. “They aren’t all from Coshocton County because we are an open shelter and other counties have closed shelters. We are like that because we want to protect animals from abuse and neglect. If you have a problem with an animal or know of a problem with one call us so we can try and help. We investigate cases of animal cruelty, but the best thing you can do to help us is get your animals spayed or neutered so we don’t have even more dogs and cats that don’t have homes. We have a low cost spay and neuter program going on right now and will do what we can to help animals live happy, healthy and long lives.”

The Coshocton County Sheriff Office K-9 unit, Deputy Dave Stone and K-9 Henata, also came to the assembly to conduct a field demonstration for the students.

This was the first time the school did a One School One Book event and staff is looking forward to choosing a new title to do it again next year.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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