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WATWB: Book Club for Minority Boys Takes Off


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When school administrators found a book about real life, the students at this Washington high school got into reading. They formed a book club that meets  once or twice a week at  8:15 in the morning. The students are enthusiastic and have started their second book.“They are now seeing that reading is amazing…” says the vice principle in charge of literacy. I commend not only the school administrators for thinking outside the box and supporting the students, but also the students for supporting each other.

This hopeful article in The Washington Post tells more about how it happened and why this book club is going strong. Now, there’s a girl’s book club at the school, too.

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This post is part of We Are The World Blogfest sharing stories that show love, humanity, and brotherhood but go beyond religion and politics. This month We Are The World is co-hosted by:  Shilpa Garg, Simon Falk, Lynn Hallbrooks, Eric Lahti, Damyanti Biswas and Guilie Castillo.  Click on the WATWB link to read more or join in.

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

23 thoughts on “WATWB: Book Club for Minority Boys Takes Off

  1. Great post – reading is the best teacher!

  2. This is such a fabulous initiative. There are many little ways to enlarge a child’s world. And doing that with books is the best of all. Thanks for sharing, JoAnna 🙂

  3. Such a beautiful story! We need more kids to get into reading, – it is what will help them move upwards in life.
    Thank you for sharing!

  4. Intersting initiative. I love reading, so anything that promotes it seems brilliant to me!

    • Me, too. To imagine a life without reading is strange. I remember when I worked as a mental health/addictions counselor, a few of my clients said they don’t like to read. I suspect they were not given books they could relate to. But there’s always hope.

  5. What an exciting thing to see a child suddenly find the magic of reading – the world opens up in ways that simply can’t be measured. Kudos to the school and faculty for finding a way to inspire these boys. Thanks for sharing this story – it’s a great #WATWB one.

  6. My father used to tell us: “if you can read, you can do anything.” So good to see this.

  7. Hi JoAnna – reading to be curious and to learn from that curiosity and let others learn with you … inspiring for us all with student book clubs at school – cheers Hilary

  8. Reading book opens new doors to unknown worlds for anyone at any age. Thanks JoAnna for this amazing article. 🙂

  9. I think it is wonderful that these students found some books that they could relate to and enjoy. I hope they continue to read and maybe one day become an author or find some other creative or innovative career. Thanks for sharing this story and for being a part of #WATWB

  10. I like book clubs and especially for the young. Thanks for sharing and for supporting WATWB.

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