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Book Clubs Cultivate Love of Reading Among Richland One Students

Hand's Book ClubBradley Elementary School students Braylen Howard and Keith Archie are members of one of the school’s most popular clubs – the book club. The fifth-graders say they are spending more time reading.

“I usually read for 30 minutes and now I read for an hour,” said Howard. “I feel happy to be in a book club and am excited to learn about the books that we read.”

Bradley’s book club started in November of 2021 and has 23 members in kindergarten through fifth grade. The club is one of many across the district which help Richland One students build their reading skills and develop a love for reading, while providing them with a forum to share their perspectives. Students also enjoy the social aspects of book club membership.

“Being a part of the book club allows them to be accountable in reading,” said Bradley Principal Kezia Myers. “Students collaborate with those who have like interests and explore using their minds. During a pandemic, books allow us to ‘travel’ with our minds without having to leave our school.”

Archie said he is learning to read with fluency and enjoying it.

“It’s keeping me entertained,” he said.

This is the fourth year W.A. Perry Middle School students and staff have had a Project LIT Book Club, joining 500 schools in 40 states which are part of the national grassroots literacy movement. W.A. Perry’s club meets monthly in the school’s media center.

“We encourage our Eagles to read their way to new heights,” said W.A. Perry school counselor Jameka Young. “The benefits of reading can be life-changing.”

At St. Andrews Middle School, the Project LIT Book Club meets by grade level at lunchtime once a week.

“The thing I like most about book club is that we are allowed to be ourselves,” said St. Andrews eighth-grader Daniel Cromer. “My reading time has increased a lot because when I’m reading, the book takes me inside of the book and I just can’t stop reading.”

The members of the St. Andrews club completed a service learning project in conjunction with the readings. For one of their assignments, students recorded themselves reading books and sent the video to Prisma Health Children's Hospital.

Jan. 27, 2022