Prairie School participated in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record this year, providing a unique opportunity for students and their families to explore a book together. This year’s book, Thank You, Omu by Oge Mora, is a story about a woman who makes a delicious stew and shares it with her community, and in turn gets back more than she gives. Just in time for the Thanksgiving season, this book promotes generosity and serving your community.
Prairie celebrated this year’s event by bringing in student chefs from Joliet Junior College’s culinary arts school. Nine student chefs came in full chef uniform and demonstrated how to properly use their kitchen tools. Prairie students and their families were treated to demonstrations on how to cut, dice, slice, and peel fruits and vegetables - one chef even used her knife skills to turn an apple into a swan.
Approximately 60 students attended the event, and 20 Prairie staff members facilitated the event by reading, holding discussions, and completing post-reading activities. The students were able to practice their newly learned food preparation skills on play-doh with plastic knives.
Jumpstart is a national organization that promotes language and literacy. Every year they sponsor Read for the Record, an event designed to bring awareness to the importance of childhood literacy. Across the world, schools, libraries, and other organizations gather together to read the same book and do activities to support that book.