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GPS To Host Greenwich Reads Together Programs
GPS To Host Greenwich Reads Together Programs

As part of the community-wide reading program Greenwich Reads Together, the Greenwich Public Schools will host several programs and author visits to support the community's reading of Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of WWII by Liza Mundy. In October and November, the school community has multiple opportunities for students and teachers to engage in activities centered on this bestselling book and the companion books selected for younger readers: Code Girls: The Young Readers Edition by Liza Mundy and Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code by Laurie Wallmark.

According to Superintendent of School Ralph Mayo, "I am proud to say that our school district has partnered with Greenwich Library since its inception to promote this wonderful event. As the former Principal of Eastern Middle School, I have witnessed over the years how the reading of a common book is able to bring our students together to discuss some very powerful topics. We, in Greenwich, benefit from forums like this to keep us engaged in big ideas and to learn how individuals have been able to overcome discrimination, fascism and natural disasters through courage and perseverance. The Greenwich Library should be proud of their work and our Principals should be congratulated for hosting events throughout the district to emphasize the importance of this program."

The highlight of the schools' participation in GRT will be a talk given by Code Girls author Liza Mundy in the Greenwich High School Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, November 7 and attended by students from Greenwich's high school and middle schools. GHS Interim Headmaster Rick Piotrowski comments, "GHS is thrilled to have Liza Mundy speak to our students next week. The author's presence on campus provides a unique opportunity for students to deepen their understanding of the writing and research process and also discover previously unknown information about how American women secretly aided our country's war efforts during World War II."

Greenwich Public School Events

Greenwich High School:

  • The GHS Media Center has a book display that focuses on the themes and ideas raised in Code Girls.
  • Some English teachers have incorporated Code Girls into their curriculum while other teachers have encouraged their students to read Code Girls independently and participate in the town-wide GRT essay contest.

Central Middle School:

  • CMS seventh grade seminar classes are reading Code Girls.
  • Whole school cryptanalysis activity to solve the code and find the kidnapped school mascot.
  • Chat, Chew, & Cipher - culminating breakfast event for interested parents and students on Friday, November 9 from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
  • CMS students who have read Code Girls will attend the Liza Mundy author talk at Greenwich High School on November 7.

Eastern Middle School:

  • The EMS Media Center has a book display featuring coding/decoding devices.
  • The Beyond the Books student club is holding secret code challenges and scavenger hunts based on Code Girls.
  • Students are participating in reading challenges and reading excerpted portions of Code Girls in advisor bases.
  • EMS students who have read Code Girls will attend the Liza Mundy author talk at Greenwich High School on November 7.

Western Middle School:

  • The WMS Media Center has a book display that focuses on Code Girls and related books and is promoting the coding event planned for Perrot Library.

Cos Cob School:

  • Interactive read-aloud of Grace Hopper: Queen of Code.
  • The author of Grace Hopper: Queen of Code, Laurie Wallmark, will visit with grades 3 and 4 on November 8.
  • Introduction of coding to grade 3 and re-introduction of coding to grades 4-5.

Glenville School:

  • Grace Hopper: Queen of Code book display.
  • Interactive read-aloud of Grace Hopper: Queen of Code with grades 2 through 5.

International School of Dundee:

  • The author of Grace Hopper: Queen of Code, Laurie Wallmark, will visit ISD on November 8.

Julian Curtiss School of World Languages:

  • Grace Hopper: Queen of Code book display.
  • Interactive read-aloud of Grace Hopper: Queen of Code with all grades.
  • Author visit for grades 3 through 5 with Laurie Wallmark on November 8.

New Lebanon School:

  • Grace Hopper: Queen of Code book display.
  • Interactive read-aloud of Grace Hopper: Queen of Code with grades 2 through 5.
  • The author of Grace Hopper: Queen of Code, Laurie Wallmark, will visit New Lebanon on November 7.

North Mianus School:

  • Grace Hopper: Queen of Code and coding book display.
  • The author of Grace Hopper: Queen of Code, Laurie Wallmark, will visit with grades 2 through 5 on November 7.

North Street School:

  • Interactive read-aloud of Grace Hopper: Queen of Code with all grades.
  • Grace Hopper: Queen of Code and GRT display in the NSS Media Center.

Riverside School:

  • Grace Hopper: Queen of Code and coding book display.
  • Interactive read-aloud of Grace Hopper: Queen of Code with grades 2 through 5.

About Greenwich Reads Together

Greenwich Reads Together is a community-wide reading experience which will engage all of Greenwich in exploring a single book. Several community organizations are leading this initiative including Greenwich Library, Greenwich Arts Council, Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich Alliance for Education, Greenwich Pen Women, Greenwich Public Schools and Independent Schools, Friends of Greenwich Library, Perrot Memorial Library, and Retired Men's Association of Greenwich. In 2017, almost 20 community organizations and more than 3,900 Greenwich residents participated in events around News of the World by Paulette Jiles. Greenwich Reads Together is supported by the Friends of Greenwich Library. Numerous adult, children and teen book discussions were held across Greenwich. For more information, visit www.greenwichreadstogether.org.

About Code Girls and Liza Mundy

Code Girls tells the story of how more than 10,000 young women were recruited by the US Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges to serve as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women move to Washington and learn the meticulous work of codebreaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and give them access to careers previously denied to them. As strict vow of secrecy nearly erased their efforts from history; now, through dazzling research and interviews with surviving code girls, best-selling author Liza Mundy brings to life this riveting and vital story of American courage, service, and scientific accomplishment.

Code Girls author Liza Mundy is the New York Times best-selling author of The Richer Sex: How the New Majority of Female Breadwinners is Transforming Sex, Love and Family and Michelle: A Biography. She has worked as a reporter at the Washington Post and contributed to publications including The Atlantic, TIME, The New Republic, Slate, Mother Jones, and The Guardian. She's a frequent commentator on prominent national news outlets in has positioned herself at the prestigious New America Foundation as one of the nation's foremost experts on women and work issues.

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