I few weeks ago, I wrote about our school community's One Book, Two Schools experience reading Wishtree, by Katherine Applegate. When I first read this book, I passed it around to several colleagues. When my copy finally made it's way back to me, I placed it on the ledge in my office with a heart shaped post-it that read, "If you need a happy ending..." If you haven't read the book, I highly recommend it! We have been reading the book as a community and this is the first year that we have carved out time for classroom teachers to read the designated chapters each day in school, rather than kids just reading them at home with their families. This has really assured that all students on our community are reading the book. As we planned for a culminating activity to end the story, we decided to come together, via Zoom, to read the final chapters as a whole school. At 2:15, I signed into the Zoom session from a school across town, seating in an unfamiliar teacher's lounge, listening to our principal reading aloud the final chapters that really brought the story together. I scrolled through the gallery view of boxes, watching kids sitting in their classrooms, also listening. Once again, we were all together...yet apart. We've gotten so good at this. As the final words hung in the air, our principal invited us to think about the lessons we could learn from the story. I watched classes turn and talk and then the chat exploded with idea after idea. I collected some of the lines from the chat and created this found poem, a little slice of the beauty that came from one book and one community of readers: You can make a difference The more you listen, the more you learn about others. Good things happen to good people Help those that are lonely Friends stick up for each other You can always count on friendships Be brave Be strong Things that seem like they don't belong might actually belong We are all different and that's what makes us beautiful. "It's a great thing, indeed, to love who you are." When things are tough keep trying If all hope seems lost, maybe it isn't Life isn't always what you expect Messy things can be beautiful There is always hope... Share your story.