Read In brings student and teachers together
The Read In, which featured books spanning the genres from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins to The Help by Kathyrn Stockett, was held on the night of Wednesday, Jan. 25, with 58 students in attendance.
Held every semester, the Read In is a program where students to sign up to read a specific book that a teacher has sponsored. Then, on a single night the students and teachers meet to discuss the book.
“We are reaching out to students who love reading,” Librarian Roxie Blackson said. “They value it, and we should too as a staff.”
The most popular book featured was The Jester by James Patterson and sponsored by English teacher Mark Faust. Mr. Faust participated for the first time and enjoyed the “open form and student discussion.”
“I like the Read In because it gives us a chance to discuss books we wouldn’t usually be able to,” Mr. Faust said.
Among those who read The Jester was senior Scott Peterson. Peterson said he “unfortunately” would not have read The Jester outside of the Read In.
“Yes I did [like the book],” Peterson said. “I enjoyed talking to everyone and discussing the book.”
The Read In was considered an overall success by both students and teachers. Mr. Faust and Peterson said they would participate in future years.
“Even if one student showed up I would consider it a success.” Ms. Blackson said, “We are here to support those students who love reading.”
Ms. Blackson also said she appreciates the donations to the Read In made by Student Council and NHS.
Some possible books for next school year’s Read In include: the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini, Paranormalcy by Kiersten White, Gone by Michael Grant and Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia.