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Everyone on the same page

Here’s a cool idea. Everyone in the school; students, teachers, principal, cafeteria workers, librarian, custodian, bus drivers, and parents–everyone reads the same book. That way no one has to ask, “Did you read…” because they had.

Everyone could be part of the discussion and activities pertaining to the book. It would be what everyone is talking about. Much like the way popular movies and TV shows, and yes, cute kitten videos on YouTube, create a social currency so would a book everyone has read, except books create deeper and more meaningful connections as they are more complex and richer in detail and subtleties.

A group of authors are facilitating the community read, called Share Our Books. They and their publishers have made available 250-300 books for six weeks to for a school to read, and then the school sends them on to the next school, replacing any lost or damaged books.

So far, Sara Pennypacker, Fred Bowen, Kate DiCamillo, Barbara O’Connor, Jewell Parker Rhodes (an ASU professor) and Uma Krishnaswami have signed on to Share Our Books.


Bricks for Julian

Your name here: For $35 you can leave a legacy.

The Roosevelt School District’s oldest school is getting a makeover and the community has a chance to help. The 63-year-old P.L. Julian School is finishing up a $12.9 million renovation paid through a taxpayer supported bond election held in 2007. But additional funds are needed to purchase supplies.

The new/old P.L. Julian School. Photo courtesy of McCarthy Building Companies.

To raise the extra money, the district is selling engraved bricks. Any member of the community can purchase a brick with a personalized message. The bricks are being sold for $35 and messages can be up to three lines with 17 characters per line, including spaces and punctuation.

Each of the personalized bricks will be placed around the flagpole area and, if enough are sold, they will create a pathway to the flagpole.

The idea for selling bricks came from the P.L. Julian Taskforce, a committee made up of South Phoenix residents with ties to the old Julian School, either as teachers, administrators, former students or as parents of current students.

“This is a great way for the community to have a part in celebrating our new school with a deep and rich history in South Phoenix,” says Roosevelt Superintendent Mary Beyda.

Construction and renovation of the new K-8 grade campus is to be completed by McCarthy Building Companies this summer. The upgrade, designed by Orcutt|Winslow Architecture, consists of a new 68,000-square-foot school building, which includes new classrooms, administration and library spaces.

The engraved bricks will be sold through May 31. To order a brick, call the Roosevelt School District’s Community Relations Department at 602-243-4807 to request an order form or send an e-mail to Joseph.Ortiz@rsd.k12.az.us. You can also go to the district’s website to download an order form and forms are available at the P.L. Julian School front office, 2149 E. Carver, Phoenix. — Veronica Jones

Here are some more scenes from the remodeled school (photos courtesy of the district and McCarthy Building Companies):