Students at East Side and Central Elementary schools have embarked on a special project -- an all-school book club and financial literacy project.

For the past three years, this enterprise has been called “One District, One Book.” The theme for this year's event is Magnolia READS. The acronym READS stands for Reading Empowers All District Students.

While students at the elementary schools will read the book, middle and high school students will also be involved in this project.

Each kindergarten through fifth grade family will receive a copy of the same book, “Billy Sure, Kid Entrepreneur” by Luke Sharpe.

Families are encouraged to make time to participate in this fun and worthwhile family activity. Reading aloud at home with children is a valuable experience that better prepares children to be an effective reader.

For the second year, Farmers Bank & Trust Co. is collaborating with the district on the Magnolia READS project. Farmers purchased the book Billy Sure Kid Entrepreneur for all the students and staff in grades K-5. Economics Arkansas also partnered in the project. They helped supply the students and staff with resources to use while reading Billy Sure.

Angie Saldana, a senior at Magnolia High School, designed the Magnolia READS logo. She is a student in Advanced Placement 2D Art. She is the daughter of Irma and Damian Saldana.

The district extends appreciation to Farmers Bank & Trust for the donation to purchase the Magnolia READS books and materials, Economics Arkansas for supplying the supplemental resources, and Angie Saldana for designing the Magnolia READS logo.

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