The March Community Read is a project to promote literacy and the love of reading at Oceanside High School's East campus. Students in grades ten through twelve, as well as staff, are encouraged to participate in any and all activities. Copies of a chosen novel are made available at the beginning of the month. Throughout the remainder of the month activities are created in an effort to reach as many students possible.

We have just completed the third year of this event. One-hundred and twenty three copies of Rick Yancey’s 5th Wave were distributed. The two previous novels chosen were; Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Divergent by Veronica Roth. Some criteria for the chosen novel include; a novel that allows all our students regardless of reading level to participate and young adult appeal. We have also been fortunate to choose novels that have media recognition. Though it has not been mandatory criterion, we have purposefully chosen books that belong to a series. The hope it so keep the students reading once we’ve hooked them with the first book. The response has been immediate and the sequels fly off the library shelves with lightning speed.

Activities have varied and we are still trying to perfect the formula of what will get students involved. Activities at this time include team competitions and games, as well, as individual events. The idea is to create a place for team building skills but also allow individual talents the chance to shine. This year we created a library Facebook page to encourage weekly discussion about the novel and its many themes. There is always a community service component that allows us to give back. In previous years we have collected items for a local food bank and animal shelter. This year we were fortunate to pair with the local city library for some shared events. This year we invited four local writers to meet with students to discuss the book writing world. Last year we added the “Get Caught in a Random Act of Reading” component. Students who were caught reading through the school day were given a ticket that was redeemable in the library for a small prize.

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Introduction for Students

by Mary Ann Giasson

THis introduction flyer was given to students who picked up a copy of "The Fifth Wave" and explains the events taking place and how they can earn prizes for participating
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This is the form students received to participate in the activities created for the March Community Read. We always include a community service project and this year we partnered with our town library.
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Random Acts of Reading

by Mary Ann Giasson

Included in the month of March and to promote pleasure reading, teachers are given tickets for Random Acts of Reading. Students who are caught reading for pleasure get a ticket and then bring it to the library to redeem a sweet treat.
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Aliens Among Us

by Mary Ann Giasson

As part of the activities these posters were put up in the school for students to try and determine who these authors were. It was part of the books theme with never being sure who were the aliens.
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Meet the Authors

by Mary Ann Giasson

Each week we had a local author available at lunch time for students to talk with and get more information on the life of a writer and how these authors got published. Classroom teachers were encouraged to bring their classes- we had an English and a History class attend.
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5th Wave posters

by Mary Ann Giasson

Posters used for a bulletin board
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