The CVA Book Club took time out from their studies to share their love of reading with Barringer Road second graders in late December.
Club members wanted to be certain the books would be age-appropriate and interesting for their audiences. They asked Barringer Road Library Clerk Cindy Bechard to help by selecting holiday stories from the Barringer library. Each of the 17 participating CVA students chose a book from her recommendations.
Reading for others can be an intimidating experience when you are not used to it. To be certain the second graders would get the most from the time, club members practiced reading aloud prior to the visit.
The preparations paid off. Barringer Road kids were thrilled to listen to the “big kids” read and to have the chance to interact with them. Second grade teachers encouraged students to ask questions about book club, reading, high school life, holiday traditions and many other topics. Not only were the older students entertaining, they showed that reading continues well past elementary school.
For some in book club, it was a return to their elementary school and a chance to reconnect with former teachers. They also gained the satisfaction of giving back and sharing their love of literature.
“The 30 minutes spent with the second graders would be the best part of the day for these high schoolers—they were rock stars today!” said CVA Librarian and book club adviser Steven Inzer.