As one of the Chicago Ridge School District 127.5's Lemonade War Wrap Up, on Wednesday, May 12 at Ridge Central School, 10800 S. Lyman Avenue, Chicago Ridge, students brought food to their classrooms for a double purpose: for fun and to help those in need through a Cereal Box Domino event.

As one of the Chicago Ridge School District 127.5's Lemonade War Wrap Up, on Wednesday, May 12 at Ridge Central School, 10800 S. Lyman Avenue, Chicago Ridge, students brought food to their classrooms for a double purpose: for fun and to help those in need through a Cereal Box Domino event.

Ridge Central School celebrates book program with cereal dominos

By Kelly White

Students in Chicago Ridge School District 127.5 have been reading together through the One District One Book Program. The selected book this semester was “The Lemonade War” by Jacqueline Davies.

One District, One Book was an initiative the entire district adopted this year. Every student and staff member were given the same book to read with corresponding activities. Each week students were encouraged to read every night with their families. There were weekly trivia questions, Kahoot quizzes, dress up Fridays and family fun throughout the week, according to Ridge Central School Principal Megan Nothnagel.

“One District, One Book is a great way to make a home school connection,” Nothnagel said. “It is a great way to bring families together and encourage families to read every night together. It is a great way to show families how important reading is and how fun it can be. It is also a great way to bring our students and school together. When a whole district reads a book, there’s a lot to talk about. We are building a community of readers in our district.”

Published in 2009, “The Lemonade War” is the first installment in the best-selling “Lemonade War” series that follows a battling brother-sister duo as they start competing businesses, gather savvy marketing tips, tackle practical math, learn business terms, and dig into a good old sibling rivalry.

As one of the Chicago Ridge School District 127.5’s Lemonade War Wrap Up, on Wednesday, May 12, at Ridge Central School, 10800 S. Lyman Ave., Chicago Ridge, students brought food to their classrooms for a double purpose: for fun and to help those in need through a cereal box domino event.

The book personally inspired Ridge Central School third-rader Jadiel Engstrom.

“I will be having a lemonade stand competition with my sisters (Alanis and Mia) this summer,” Jadiel, 9, of Chicago Ridge, said.

The district made up of Ridge Central School, Ridge Lawn School and Finley Junior High School all participated in the reading challenge, totaling about 1,500 students preschool through eighth grade.

“I enjoyed reading ‘The Lemonade War’ and thought it was a great way to get students to read more,” Jade Egan, 11, of Chicago Ridge, said. “It was a very fun event for our district to do together. I would like this to be an annual event in my school district.”

“This makes me happy because I love to read and I hope that more this made other students feel that way when they read too,” Gracie Rodriguez, 7, of Chicago Ridge, said.

Staff members said they are proud to make One District, One Book an annual event.

“The One District, One Book event has been a fantastic opportunity to bring everyone, remote and in-person, together,” Nothnagel said. “It has brought our district, staff, students, families and community together when we have had to be so distant this year. It was a really fun and engaging way to carry us into the end of the school year. We are already looking forward to next year’s One District, One Book.”

Concluding the book this month, educators prepared a week of activities for students to celebrate their accomplishment.

As one of the school’s creative activities, on Wednesday, May 12, at Ridge Central School, students brought food to their classrooms for a double purpose: for fun and to help those in need through a cereal box domino event.

For the event, Nothnagel asked staff, students and families to bring in an unopened box of cereal. During the day, the cereal boxes were set up throughout the school like dominos.

“The cereal boxes falling down and the sound of everyone cheering was the best,” Alana Terrell, 11, of Chicago Ridge, said.

All of the 276 unopened cereal boxes will be donated directly to local food pantries to benefit those in need at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Worth Township Food Pantry and Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ

“Through the cereal box domino event, students realized the importance of giving to others and spreading kindness to everyone,” Nothnagel said. “Many staff said today felt like a normal day again. It was so wonderful to hear the laughter, cheering and excitement again in the hallways.”

Ridge Central School students and faculty line the hallways in anticipation of the cereal box domino fall last week.

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