OSP History

GMS: On the Same Page

A community-wide reading project sponsored annually by Geneseo Middle School


GMS: On the Same Page was created in 2009 to increase student achievement in reading by getting the community involved by reading the same book as GMS students. The program begins in the spring each year when students volunteer to be a part of a reading cadre that reads books from several middle grade award lists such as Rebecca Caudill, Illinois Reads, and other national award winners (usually 20 middle school level novels). The cadre narrows the list to 3 to 5 books by the end of the school year. The final decision is made the following fall and the cadre makes the decision based on the following criteria: 1) Has a strong male and female character and 2) Has a topic that is appealing to not only middle school students but to adults as well. Once the book has been chosen a book talk is created to help encourage students and community members to read the book.

Beginning in January, students and teachers begin promoting the program by going around to service organizations giving the book talk and passing out copies of the book. People who take a copy of the book are encouraged to share the book with others once they have finished reading the book in hopes that the books will circulate throughout the community. There is no cost to participate in the program. The program is funded by grants and donations. Community members can also pick up copies of the book at many businesses who have them on display or at Geneseo Middle School.

To bring the program to a close, each spring there is some type of culminating activity where community members and students come together to do some type of activity dealing with the book.

For more information about GMS: On the Same Page, please contact program coordinators Jeanne Brucher jbrucher@geneseoschools.org or Marcie Reakes mreakes@geneseoschools.org (309) 945-0599 or visit their blog at http://gcsdblogs.org/onthesamepage/.

Below are books that have been chosen each year and their culminating activities.

2010  Book: Elephant Run by Roland Smith

Culminating Event: Skyped with Roland Smith

2011  Book: Savvy by Ingrid Law

Culminating Event: Skyped with Ingrid Law

2012  Book: One-Handed Catch by M.J. Auch

Culminating Event: Wounded Warrior Presentation and Fundraiser

2013  Book: A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

Culminating Event: Water Challenge and A Walk for Water Fundraiser that led to the installation of a well in South Sudan

2014  Book: Candy Bomber: The Berlin Airlift’s “Chocolate Pilot by Michael O. Tunnell

Culminating Event: Candy Drop and Flight Exhibit at Geneseo AirPark-video

2015  Book: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Libary by Chris Grabenstein

Culminating Events: OSP Lemoncello Weekly Clue Game and Pajama Game Party

2016  Book: Death by Toilet Paper by Donna Gephart

Culminating Event: author visit and Toilet Paper Fair/Fashion Show

We had a great time hosting Donna Gephart as the culminating event for the 2016 On the Same Page read of Death by Toilet Paper. Here are some pics from the writing workshop, all-school assembly, and evening Toilet Paper Fair and Fashion Show.

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2017  Book: The Paper Cowboy by Kristin Levine

Culminating Event: Community Round-Up Volunteer Fair

2018  Book:  Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Culminating Activity:  Book Tent at GMS Track Meet








2019 Book: Restart by Gordon Korman

Culminating Activity: Try-Something-New Fair

2020 Book:  Mayday by Karen Harrington

Culminating Activities: Skype with Author and Breakfast with Grandpas

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