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Student reads at Bell Top Book Club assemblyAfter four weeks of reading “Because of Winn-Dixie” by Kate DiCamillo, Bell Top students finished the book together at an assembly on Wednesday. Four 5th graders served as guest readers and led the school in reading the final chapter of the book.

Throughout this year’s Bell Top Book Club, students read together and had rich classroom discussions, they answered daily trivia and winners got to take home the Bell Top Stray stuffed animal. They also created a “mistake tree” where students put a mistake inside a bottle as a way of letting it go.

“Because of Winn Dixie has taken Bell Top on a journey of friendship and courage,” said Principal Martin Mahar. “Opal has taught this school-community that a friend can come in all shapes and sizes, from children younger than us, to a stray dog, to a librarian. We all learned a great deal from Opal and her level of acceptance and tolerance when making a new friend.”

Special thanks to Bell Top teachers Tracy Cornell and Sarah Lussier for organizing the Bell Top Book Club and to the Bell Top PTO for providing each student with their own copy of the book.

Bell Top Book Club Selections
2018 – “Because of Winn-Dixie” by Kate DiCamillo
2017 – “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate
2016 – “The Trumpet of the Swan” by E.B. White
2015 – “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” by Kate DiCamillo