Taking a page from the past: MHS students go back to grade school to help students get wrapped up in reading

2013-03-21T22:11:00Z Taking a page from the past: MHS students go back to grade school to help students get wrapped up in readingCynthia Beaudette Muscatine Journal
March 21, 2013 10:11 pm  • 

 

MUSCATINE, Iowa — Sometimes, high-schoolers just want to find a way to get lost in a good book again, like they did when they were in grade school.

Some Muscatine High School students have found a way — and they’ve gone right to the source to do it.

The students will head to local grade schools where they’ll read — and lead.

MHS senior Ali Moss said she and her fellow student council members are looking forward to having fun reading with students from Monday, March 25, through Wednesday, April 24, when they’ll mentor kindergartners through fifth-graders.

“After we get to high school, a lot of us forget how to read for fun,” said Moss, the president of the MHS student council and senior class. “In high school, teachers don’t give  assigned reading, which, I think, was a good thing.”

Student Council adviser Elena Bobay said the project will be conducted in conjunction with the National Association of Student Councils’ National Leadership Week, Sunday-Saturday, April 14-20.

Council member Adam Hutton, a senior, said council members will conduct the project at Franklin, Grant and Colorado elementary schools.

“We would have like to have gone to all eight schools, but we don’t have enough manpower,” said Bobay, referring to the 60- member student council.

Bobay said the project provides MHS students with an opportunity to give back to the community while inspiring younger students to read.

Overall, Bobay said, the project ties in with the school district’s goal of preparing all students for high school graduation, as the older students encourage the younger ones to refine their reading skills.

Council member Sara Lothspeich, a senior, said her group is challenging the students at each school to collectively read 1,000 to 1,500 books, depending on the number of students at each school. Council members will provide encouragement as they read and discuss the books with the students.

The council members will set up displays at each school where students can place the titles of the books they have completed.

Each school that reaches its goal will be treated to a special event, which could be a pizza party; a movie where all the students wear pajamas or a sock hop dance.

In the future, if the interest is high enough among MHS students, the mentoring project may reach all the area elementary schools, said Bobay.

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