Weems Elementary is in the midst of the sequel to the One School, One Book program they kicked off this summer.
The entire school is reading The Lemonade Crime as a follow up to the Lemonade War by Jaqueline Davies.
Special guests, such as Judge Richard Potter, Manassas City Mayor Hal Parrish ll and Assistant District Attorney Brad Marshall will all be stopping by the school and reading a chapter from the book this fall to highlight its crime theme and further engage students and families in its pages.
"We enjoy the leaders in the community coming and connecting with the people in the city," said Weems Assistant Principal David Rupert.
Judge Potter stopped by the school last week, wearing his robe and carrying a gavel to read to about 150 parents and students who showed up.
And on Thursday, Oct 13, Mayor Hal Parrish read an entire chapter of the book to about 100 parents and students, who braved the windy, rainy weather to make it to the event.
I was glad they decided not to stay home, Rupert said. The children listened intently and "you could hear a pen drop," he said.
The mayor took questions from "excited parents" after he finished reading and asked the students about particular vocabulary words.
Ass. District Attorney Brand Marhall is the final featured reader and will be visiting Weems October 21st, when pizza and lemonade will be served.
Even the author herself has taken notice of the school's commitment to literacy and reading. Davies stopped by the school in the spring to talk with students and sign copies of her book and recently sent the school a letter telling the kids they "did a great job" over the summer.
The school usually picks two books per school year to read; one for the fall and one for the spring.
Rupert said the school is excited about looking to see what "we are going to do next."
Each child gets a copy of the book, so the program depends on funding through federal grants and Manassas City Public Schools.
The books selected are a third an fourth grade reading level, but even Pre-K and Kindergarten students at the school get a copy, Rupert said, so parents and siblings can read it to them.