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Cornell reading project available in local area

March 23, 2008
Leader Herald
Local high school students, libraries and home schooled students again have the unique opportunity to be a part of the Cornell University-based reading project known as the Cornell Reading Project.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Fulton and Montgomery Counties brings this opportunity to the region and is looking for high school English teachers and students to participate.

The 2008 book, selected by Cornell University is “Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America” by Gary Wills. In this book, Wills breathes new life into words we thought we knew, and reveals much about a president so mythologized but often misunderstood.

Wills shows how Lincoln came to change the world and to effect an intellectual revolution, and how Lincoln wove a spell that has not yet been broken.

Each classroom teacher will receive a free book for every student in his or her class.

In addition, Cornell University will provide bookmarks, study questions, posters and a DVD of the campus-based book talk, which will take place in August. The selected book is a required reading for all incoming Cornell University freshman.

Research indicates that pleasure readers are more likely to be active participants in the world around them.

As a result Cornell University wishes to help build a community of readers by:

• providing great reading materials

• prompting community discussions by creating a common reading experience

• helping readers to understand authors by providing an opportunity for reflection and discussion

• supporting out of school time reading

This will be the eighth year of the Cornell New Student Reading Project and the fourth year that Cornell Cooperative Extension of Fulton and Montgomery Counties has participated.

Last year, CCEFM distributed 620 books to eight schools throughout Fulton and Montgomery Counties. Extension’s goal to exceed that number this year.

Cornell Cooperative Extension encourages high school English teachers and libraries in Fulton and Montgomery Counties to participate in this unique educational opportunity.

Individuals interested in the 2008 Reading Project should contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Fulton and Montgomery Counties by April 4.

The books will arrive in May.

To receive free books for your classroom or library contact Shannon Dygert at 762-3909 ext. 122 or e-mail For more information please feel free to visit

To access the registration materials click on the classroom & afterschool resource link.


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