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OCTOBER MISSION MOMENT: Irving Connects Parents and Children Through Reading

Irving's One Book One Family club is a unique program that allows students in grades 6-8 to participate in a book club alongside an adult family member. Each month, the club provides each student and parent with a book to read, thanks to the generosity of donors. 

The book club provides a wonderful opportunity for students to bond with their parents over a shared love of reading. It also helps them develop critical thinking skills and learn how to express their ideas respectfully and thoughtfully. 

For many students, the book club is the first time they read a book simply for enjoyment. Reading quality literature builds important connections between students, their parents, and school. 

The club also creates a non-threatening environment where students and parents can have higher-level discussions about literature. This pushes them to read outside their comfort zone and leads to wonderful discussions and diversity of opinions. 

After their discussions, the club gets together to share a light dinner and continue to build their connections with each other. 

The Irving's One Book One Family club is a notable example of how reading can be used to connect parents to their child's school and to help students develop literacy skills and learn more about the world around them. 

The Numbers

  • Schools Served

    60

  • Focus & Specialty Programs Served

    15

  • Students Empowered

    41,784

  • Teachers & Staff Supported

    7,500+

  • Funds Received This Year

    $1.20M

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