“A huge success”. That’s the feedback on One Book One Film for All, the family learning project conceived and organised last month by Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board (KCETB) in collaboration with Cartoon Saloon.
The initiative, that used the Cartoon Saloon book and movie WolfWalkers as a family learning initiative with a programme of supporting activities in schools, adult learning centres, family resource centres and libraries across Kilkenny and Carlow, proved to be a big success.
The numbers speak for themselves. 1,500 educational packs were utilised by 20 schools across Kilkenny and Carlow. 850 learners attended the One Book One Film launch. 1,200 watched the movie at the Watergate Theatre Kilkenny and Delta Centre, Carlow. More than 300 scavenger hunt entries were received. 200 pieces of writing and art went on display at Rothe House and Visual Carlow. 60 families participated in animation workshops. And 80 teams, in eight separate venues across Kilkenny and Carlow, participated in the live quiz, WolfWalkers on the Wireless, in conjunction with KCLR96FM.
A prizegiving ceremony took place at St. Canice’s Cathedral last week at which the Kilkenny and Carlow winners of WolfWalkers on the Wireless were awarded. Cartoon Saloon co-founder Tomm Moore attended the event, met the winners and thanked everyone for their involvement in the project which, he said, was “ an incredibly initiative and one I was proud to be involved in”.
KCETB Chief Executive Eileen Curtis presented some of the prizes and thanked the organisers, parents, students and home school liaison coordinators who were involved in the initiative.
“The One Book One Film for All project has been a huge success. It was so well received by children and adults alike across Kilkenny and Carlow who really engaged with it as a learning opportunity”, commented Bernadette O’Rourke, Adult Education Officer, KCETB.
“Everyone in the Adult Literacy Service in KCETB worked very hard on this project and we would like to thank all our partners in schools, learning centres, and libraries who helped make One Book One Film For All such a success. I would also like to thank Tomm Moore and the team at Cartoon Saloon for being great collaborators with us. Learning is easier when it is creative and fun and WolfWalkers was a fantastic conduit to promote family learning”, added Bernadette O’Rourke.
Main image caption: Mosaic and Glass Artist Helen McLean, from Wexford, with the WolfWalkers-inspired mosaic she created for the One Book One Film for All project. She is pictured with Tomm Moore, founder of Cartoon Saloon and co-director of WolfWalkers, and KCETB Chief Executive Eileen Curtis