Fifth Annual One School One Book Family Night brings the community together

The winners: front and center Blake Kendall, (L-R) Landon Wood, Will Huffman, Mikenna Freeman, Kolby Shires, Aiden Zimmerman, Sean Cady, Andrew Musselwhite and the grand prize winner, Kammie Fisher.

On February 22, over 500 people attended the Fifth Annual One School One Book Family Night at McCleary Elementary School. This year’s book was The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. Judging by the conversations from the classrooms and in the hallway that night, it might be the most popular book yet!

Morgan Underwood, Adalynn Zimmerman, Nicole Zimmerman and Ava Greenway building a bunny.

The activities started at 6 p.m., and many excited people were in line before then. There was much laughter as excited students – along with their families – tried to decide what to do first. The Build a Bunny room quickly became the favorite spot. Students were able to make their very own bunny as a souvenir from Edward’s Journeys. Each grade level had a game for students to play and earn free prizes. Most of the games carried the rabbit theme of the night, “And the fun didn’t stop there!” Outside was a petting zoo, complete with several rabbits dressed in clothing that had something to do with one of the many adventures the students and families read about. The cafeteria served a free meal for everyone, and inside the auxiliary gym were bouncy houses. Students also had the chance to take the AR test on the book and earn AR points.

Rabbit dressed as the character Susanna.

The grand finale was at 7:45 p.m. with prize drawings, including the grand prize – a live rabbit complete with everything it needed to feel at home. The students had gotten to know Oreo while visiting the guidance room every week over the past several months.

This year’s prize winners from the OSOB family night were:

  • Real Bunny and Accessories – Kammie Fisher
  • Bike – Landon Wood
  • Large Stuffed Bunny – Addison Francisco
  • Bunny Cake – Blake Kendall
  • Four Tickets to the Launching Pad – Sean Cady
  • Hutch on Main Gift Certificates – Nova Saunders and Mikenna Freeman
  • Pine Top Gift Cards – Mason Huffman and Tyler Huffman
  • Set of Books by Kate DiCamillo – Andrew Musselwhite and Kolby Shires
  • Movie Passes – Will Huffman
  • Gold Pocket Watch – Aiden Zimmerman

This wonderful event would not have been possible without the help of so many people. The following gave of their time, money and prizes.

  • D&C Excavating
  • New Castle Town Council
  • Craig County Public Library
  • Dr. Jackie Scruggs Taylor
  • Craig Botetourt Electric Company
  • Coots, Cross, Lavinder & Quinn Dentistry
  • Craig County Fair Grounds
  • Forks of Johns Creek Christian Church
  • Market Street Pharmacy
  • John T. Morgan
  • McCleary PTO
  • New Castle United Methodist Church
  • Kroger
  • The Launching Pad
  • Adopt a Classroom Pet
  • Pine Top
  • Hutch on Main
  • Club Camp Mitchell
  • The Nehring Family
  • Mrs. Hannah
  • Farm Bureau

-Submitted by Andrea Jennings

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