Bourne launches One Book-One School-One Community program

Local author Lisa Genova's "Still Alice" is required reading for BHS students
Best-selling author Lisa Genova works on her laptop at her Chatham home. Photo courtesy of Chris Seufert.

With summer yet to official start for most Cape students, Bourne High School freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors have already received their summer reading assignments.

This year, in addition to one approved book, all BHS students are required to read local author Lisa Genova's New York Times bestseller "Still Alice".  

Genova's "Still Alice" is the story of one woman's journey through early onset Alzheimer's Disease. In October, students will join members of the Bourne community at a presentation/book signing/discussion featuring Genova on Wednesday, October 1 at 9 a.m. at Bourne High School.

The One Book-One School-One Community program is supported by the Nye Grant. Book clubs and community groups are welcomed to join in which according to the program flyer, "hopes to bring the Bourne community together to engage in dialogue and promote an understanding of Alzheimer's Disease."

Students are encourage to keep a reading log for extra credit. On the first day of school, each student will be assessed on their understanding of the book they have chosen from the required reading list. Logs will not only earn extra credit, but aid the student in recalling character and plot points. More information is available on the BHS website here.

The Grace Swift Nye Fund was an endowment created for Bourne High School in 1995. The fund enhances learning for BHS students through guest speakers, field trips, after school programs and additional material purchases, according to the BHS website.

In January, Genova tweeted that "Still Alice" will soon show on the silver screen in a film adaptation starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart and Kate Bosworth.


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