There’s A Gorilla Teaching Lessons At Lincoln


Fourth grader Nia is just one of the many students at Lincoln excited about the One School, One Book Program at Lincoln Elementary.  “The One and Only Ivan,” has the whole school smiling and loving gorillas.

Students at Lincoln Elementary knew something was up at their school when clues; like bananas, peanuts and a giant stuffed gorilla reading a book, began appearing in the hallways of the school.  “The students went wild with anticipation,” said Lincoln Principal Melissa Walley.

 With a grant from Wal-Mart and additional funding from the Lincoln Elementary School PTO, the school began the ‘One School, One Book,‘ program.  One School, One Book is designed to create a shared reading experience within a single elementary school community. A chapter book is chosen, and every student receives a copy, and every family reads that book at home over the course of a single month.  Activities at the school coordinate, promote and enrich the shared reading experience. 

 A copy of  “The One and Only Ivan,” was purchased for every student at Lincoln Elementary.  The event began with students gathered for an assembly to watch a slideshow and has continued in classrooms around the school.  Alicia Darmstadt’s class participated in a live webinar with Dr. Jane Goodall, learning about primates and how humans can ensure animals are treated humanely. 

 “There isn’t any homework involved, there are no grades, there is no test,” said Walley.  “The focus of this project is simply to promote a pure love of literacy.  Students read the same small passage each night, Monday through Thursday, and discuss with their friends what they have read, much like they talk about TV shows or current movies.  There are many lessons to learn about friendship and respect from this book.  It reminds me of Charlotte's Web." 

 “The One and Only Ivan, written by Katherine Applegate, is an amazing book based on the true story of Ivan, a silverback gorilla,” said Walley.  Ivan lived many years of his life in a mall and the story teaches lessons of kindness and friendship.  Who could resist a lesson taught by a giant silverback gorilla...certainly not the students of Lincoln Elementary and their families.  



School Resource Officer
Lane Linder
In an effort to continue to provide and maintain a safe learning environment in the Hanover Community School Corporation, we have begun a School Resource Officer program.  This program will continue to establish positive ways of communication between students, parents, the community, and the school corporation.  If you have any pertinent information you feel is worth sharing that will help us on this mission, please contact us using the below email address.  All contact information will remain confidential and will only be used for the betterment of the Hanover Community School Corporation.

Mission Statement:


At Hanover Community School Corporation, we are:  Making a difference…realizing potential.


Vision Statement:


The Hanover Community School Corporation realizes the individuality of each student and is committed to providing a safe and positive atmosphere for learning. The collaboration of dedicated staff and the community allows Hanover Community School Corporation to create a literacy-rich environment and facilitate high quality instruction for all students. A challenging curriculum, well-equipped facilities and relevant technology optimize achievement, empowering all students to realize their potential for success in a global society.

Board approved April 17, 2012



  • Please be advised that the Board of School Trustees of the Hanover Community School Corporation will hold the following meetings on Tuesday, May 19, 2015,  in the Hanover Central High School Cafeteria, 10120 W. 133rd Ave., Cedar Lake, IN:

    1.  Executive Session, closed to the public, at 5:00 P.M.;

    2.  Regular Meeting of the Board of School Trustees, at 6:00 P.M.

    Please see the attached agendas.


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