Greenwich Reads Together
Greenwich Reads Together 2019
Led by Media Specialists, the Greenwich Public Schools embraced Greenwich Reads Together 2019, participating in events throughout the months of October and November. More than 4,500 students, faculty, and parents participated in GRT programs across the district as part of Greenwich Reads Together in the Greenwich Public Schools.
GRT Writing Contest: GHS sophomore Benjamin Fertig received honorable mention in the high school category, while Central Middle School seventh grader Ashley Malkin earned honorable mention in the middle school category. The GRT Essay Contest prompt provided quotations from Fahrenheit 451 and Ban This Book and asked students to write a response to the quotation and explore the themes of censorship, written ideas, access to literature, and/or rebellion vs. conformity. (read and watch Benjamin's submission; read Ashley's submission).
Greenwich Public School Events
- Fifty ELL students attended Play With Your Food: Short Plays from Ray Bradbury on Thursday, November 7 courtesy of the Greenwich Arts Council.
- GHS teachers Kim Steinhorn and Kyaiera Mistretta held a video book discussion about Fahrenheit 451 and Greenwich Reads Together to share with students and faculty.
- Former Superintendent of Greenwich Public Schools Ernie Fleischman hosted a panel featuring GHS Media Specialist Alexandra Stevens, Social Studies teacher Ryan Jones, and sophomore Emma Goddard entitled "Today's Educational Challenge - Separating Fact from Fiction in a Digital Age" at the October 16, 2019 meeting of the Retired Men's Association of Greenwich.
- Several freshman English classes incorporated Fahrenheit 451 into their curriculum while other teachers have encouraged their students to read Fahrenheit 451 independently and participate in the town-wide GRT writing contest.
Central Middle School:
- A student-created video presentation was made during academic bases about Ban This Book.
- A Banned Books and Bagels breakfast led by Greenwich Pen Women author Barbara Ehrentreu and attended by students, parents, and teachers was held on November 25 in the CMS Media Center.
- Language arts classes used Ban This Book as a mentor text and various school-wide activities and discussions around Ban This Book and censorship occurred in October and November.
- The CMS Media Center had a book display connecting Banned Books Week, censorship, and Greenwich Reads Together.
Eastern Middle School:
- The EMS Media Center had a book display featuring Greenwich Reads Together and censorship.
- Book talks including Fahrenheit 451 and Ban This Book took place for all grades in September and October.
- English classes participated in interactive presentations on censorship using the displays.
Western Middle School:
- The WMS Media Center had a book display that focused on Greenwich Reads Together and censorship.
- Eighth grade students read and discussed an essay about Fahrenheit 451 entitled "Why 'Fahrenheit 451' will always be terrifying.
Greenwich Elementary School held a number of programs and activities, including:
- North Mianus, Cos Cob, Julian Curtiss, International School of Dundee, North Street, Parkway, Glenville, New Lebanon, and Riverside schools created GRT displays and held all-school or class read alouds of the GRT companion books.
- Some elementary schools did an activity around book banning and/or a Let's Hold Hands activity with STEAM partners working together and displaying the resulting self-portraits through the school.
- The North Mianus held a book drive during their book fair and donated the collected books to a local organization that does not have access to 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 451: Fahrenheit 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.