Kings Highway’s “Masterpiece”

Much of the town just finished WestportREADS. This year’s novel — “Exit West” by Mohsin Hamid — focused on 2 refugees who, against all odds, find life and love on the run.

A great book — but a bit much for elementary school readers.

No problem. Kings Highway just finished something very similar.

Everyone in school — all grade levels — read “Masterpiece,” Elise Broach’s mystery novel about friendship and stolen art.

Entire families were encouraged to read together at night. There were school-wide assemblies and online activities. Teachers recorded chapters on computers, so youngsters could listen at home or in the car.

There was a surprise ending: Broach herself showed up, to read the final chapter to students.

Author Elise Broach reads to Kings Highway Elementary School students.

It was a fun project for everyone. But then they took things a step further.

The school’s motto is “Kindness Happens at our School.” (The acronym is KHS — get it?!)

So when they were done, the kids donated their “gently loved” copies to the James J. Curiale School in Bridgeport. Now everyone there is doing the same school-wide reading too.

One book. Two schools. Too cool!

A bulletin board shows some of the many ways Kings Highway students read “Masterpiece.”

(Hat tip: Lauren Turner)

2 responses to “Kings Highway’s “Masterpiece”

  1. So proud of our students and staff, and honored to be a part of this caring and progressive WPS elementary literacy team!

  2. I think this was a great! We hear too much doom and gloom articles and news. But his was a wonderful to read about and uplifting. Need more of this in education and life experiences.