Students are excited about ProjectLit, a student book club that is part of a grassroots literacy movement designed to “increase access to high quality culturally relevant books and promote a love of reading” through book discussions and related activities, including service projects. Each month students will read a book and then gather after school for an hour to discuss it.
During December, over thirty Link book club members read Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds. In this book, In this multiple award winning book, the author tells ten stories of the struggles and strengths of ten students who know each other only in passing, emphasizing the importance of being aware of others, empathy, and connections. During the book club meeting on December 17th students shared their impressions of the book. The overwhelming response was that students related to the characters and situations in the book. One student exclaimed, “This is me!” After the discussion, they had fun engaging in an exercise based on the book’s themes of empathy and connections.
Students are already looking forward to the book for the coming month, Time Bomb, by Joelle Charbonneau. Thanks to our ELA teachers, Ms. Seegers, Mrs. Lelinho, and Ms. Alston for starting the book club and guiding our scholars toward a greater love of reading!