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Library Receives New Yorkers Read Grant

Students work together in Book Club

The goal of the grant is to promote all types of reading in the school community, from books to periodicals to online materials. SAS will accomplish this by assigning students to serve as “reading ambassadors” who will receive a passport to collect stamps as they explore different types of literature. The reading ambassadors must read at least 15 books a school year from at least five different subject areas in the library. The students are filling out postcards for a bulletin board with the prompt “I read because…” to share their reading journey with fellow students.

The grant also provides over $2,500 of non-fiction books for the library and materials for a book club for 7th and 8th grade students in the Discovery after-school program. Book Club provides students with the opportunity to discuss books in a group setting and to take ownership over their choice of books. They also direct the exploration of topics outside of the normal class realm, from ethical decision-making to the UNICEF school-in-a-box to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. “It’s hard to understand the Victorian language but I like the challenge of reading books I wouldn’t normally read in class,” said 8th grader Yoseiris.