In connection with 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 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. 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: Ban This Book by Alan Gratz and Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt's Treasured Books by Susan L. Roth and Karen Leggett Abouraya.
Superintendent of Greenwich Public Schools Dr. Toni Jones said, "We look forward to our continued partnership with this great town-wide program. It promotes community, literacy, critical thinking, constructive dialogue and so much more. These types of shared experiences in the world of education prove to be invaluable in shaping learners that are able to grasp challenging and sensitive topics, understand multiple points of views and share in the growth that comes with each new learning experience."
Greenwich Public School Events
Greenwich High School:
- The GHS Media Center has a book display that focuses on the themes and ideas raised in Fahrenheit 541.
- Fifty ELL (English Language Learners) students will attend Play With Your Food: Short Plays from Ray Bradbury on Thursday, November 7 courtesy of the Greenwich Arts Council.
- Former Superintendent of Greenwich Public Schools Ernie Fleischman will host a panel featuring GHS Media Specialist Alexandra Stevens, Social Studies teacher Ryan Jones, and sophomore Emma Goddard entitled "Today's Education Challenge - Separating Fact from Fiction in a Digital Age" at the October 16, 2019 meeting of Retired Men's Association of Greenwich.
- Several freshman English classes are reading Fahrenheit 451 while other teachers have encouraged their students to read Fahrenheit 451 independently and participate in the town-wide GRT essay contest.
- GHS teachers Kimberly Steinhorn and Kyaiera Mistretta will record a video discussion about Fahrenheit 451 for other faculty and students to watch.
- The GHS Greenwich Library Advisory Student Group is holding a book drive at GHS in connection with the Greenwich Alliance for Education to benefit children at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich.
Central Middle School:
- The CMS Media Center has a book display connecting Banned Books Week, censorship, and Greenwich Reads Together.
- Video presentations will be made during academic bases about Ban This Book.
- Language arts classes are using Ban This Book as a mentor text.and various school-wide activities and discussions around Ban This Book and censorship are planned for October and November.
Eastern Middle School:
- The EMS Media Center has a book display featuring Greenwich Reads Together and censorship.
- Book talks including Fahrenheit 451 and Ban This Book will take place for all grades in September and October.
- Interactive presentations on censorship using the displays are scheduled for English classes throughout October.
Western Middle School:
- The WMS Media Center has a book display featuring Greenwich Reads Together and censorship.
- Eighth grade students are reading and discussing an essay about Fahrenheit 451 published in Newsela entitled "Why 'Fahrenheit 451' will always be terrifying."
- North Mianus, Cos Cob, Julian Curtiss, International School of Dundee, North Street, Parkway, Glenville, and New Lebanon schools are participating in GRT by creating GRT displays and doing all-school or class read alouds of the GRT companion books. In addition, some of these elementary schools are doing an activity around book banning and/or a Let's Hold Hands activity with STEAM partners working together and displaying the resulting self-portraits throughout the school. In addition, the North Mianus PTA will be holding a book drive during their book fair this year and will donate the collected books to a local organization that does not have access to new books.
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, The Friends of the Greenwich Library, and Perrot Memorial Library. In 2018, more than 20 community organizations and 6,000 Greenwich residents participated in events around Code Girls by Liza Mundy. Numerous adult, children and teen book discussions were held across Greenwich. Greenwich Reads Together is supported by Lead Sponsor, The Friends of the Greenwich Library. For more information, visit www.greenwichreadstogether.org.
About Fahrenheit 451Fahrenheit 451 (1951) by Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) stands as a classic of world literature. Set in a bleak future, it tells the story of Guy Montag, a fireman, whose job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction of his actions, returning each day to his bland life. But when he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn't live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known.