NJH’s culture of reading never takes a holiday. All 900 students (including incoming 7th graders) are required to read multiple books during the summer. HEF’s grant enables North’s Language Arts staff to purchase multiple copies of high interest books from their suggested summer reading list – all engaging titles with high literary value. North’s staff plans several mid-summer ‘Checkout Days’ when students can exchange books and connect with one another. NJH will provide a hearty breakfast at each event, encouraging students to linger and discuss their favorite summer reads.
HEF’s 2014 grant will be supplemented throughout the coming years with books collected through in-kind donations, the annual Barnes and Noble Book Fair, the NJH Wish List, and a portion of the McConnon Fund.
North’s Summer Reading Library will support students in becoming life-long readers, enhance the 7-9 culture of daily reading, and help prevent students’ reading scores from taking a ‘summer slide’. Many students live within walking distance of North, making this rigorous summer collection accessible and community-based. Although we are lucky to have the wonderful Hennepin County Library system, there are simply not enough copies of the most-desired adolescent titles to support all North students’ required reading, or to allow them to form informal book clubs with their friends.
North Junior High
Submitters: Marissa Grodnick, Carleen Matts, Jayme Pelerine