My students have a Project LIT Book Club community where we meet together before school and discuss our favorite diverse books. Last year we were only 4th and 5th graders, but this year the 3rd graders asked to join and we couldn't say no! Our school is currently 100% free lunch, majority Hispanic and African American students. As a campus we are increasing our love of literature while reading books with characters that look like us and other underrepresented communities (African American, Hispanic, African immigrants & Muslim) and engaging our community in a dialogue about the magic of reading, along with equality and celebration of our own families.
We are trying to ensure our students have positive, healthy reading lives before they go onto middle and high school.
Not only are we influencing student reading, we are working hard to educate parents as well. We make sure parents are invited to our events and enjoy hosting events like Book Prom where students and families come together for an evening of fun and a celebration of books. Getting them involved in the reading community increases the chance of making lifelong reading apart of entire families.
We are ensuring that our students read books with characters that look and sound like them. Books where students have positive associations with their ethnicities, cultures, religions, disabilities, and other. Each month we hope to pair the book with an outreach event. For instance, after reading A Long Walk to Water we are hosting a walk at our school and sending the donations to African clean water organizations. After reading The Crossover, we'll be hosting a faculty basketball game to get additional playground equipment that we desperately need. We'd love your support to help us get our projects off the ground.
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