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COVID-Inspired Book Club

Posted: 12/1/2021 Categories: District News, HOMEPAGE Headlines, Lincoln High School News, Blacklick Elementary News, Chapelfield Elementary, Goshen Lane Elementary News, High Point Elementary News, Jefferson Elementary News, Lincoln Elementary News, Royal Manor Elementary News, Middle School South News, Middle School East News, Middle School West News

 

High Point Students Find Connection through COVID-Inspired Book Club

As schools across the state shuttered their doors to combat the rising cases of COVID-19 in March 2020, the impact on students was undeniable. It didn’t take long for them to begin missing school and seeing friends every day.

A group of first grade girls at High Point Elementary did not let the pandemic break their bond. In fact, they took the initiative to create a book club to stay in touch for the rest of the school year. That club continued into the summer and throughout the next year of virtual learning. Today, the girls, now in third grade, continue to meet monthly.

Parents rotate hosting the book club and everyone wears masks when inside. The girls discuss the current book including its characters and takeaway lessons, campaign for their favorite books to add to the reading list, vote on the next read, and even save some time to play outdoors and have a snack.

“It was difficult for me because I missed school and my friends,” said club member Everley Hannah. “We love reading and wanted to find a way to stay together.”

In addition to Everley, other club members include Cece Manket, Charlotte McCullough, Meredith Sell, Ava Lee and Priya Vyas. The books the club has read so far include Magic Tree House Tonight on the Titanic, Sophie Mouse, Wings of Fire, Junie B Jones, The Notebook of Doom, Judy Moody and Friends, Ivy + Bean and Babysitters Club Little Sisters.

“The girls often branch out and we encourage them to try new styles of reading,” said Everley’s mother Sarah Hannah. “They love graphic novels but also are interested in exploring non-fiction such as learning about gemstones. I hope they can stick with this all through elementary school and beyond.”

For Sarah, the benefits go beyond her daughter’s love of reading and friendships. She has enjoyed the connection with other moms from the group and has built cherished friendships of her own. Watching their children turn a challenging situation into a positive has been exciting for parents to witness and has created a unique bond among the entire group.

“I hope they look back and think about this time of the pandemic and reminisce about this book club,” she said. “I think they will always remember this time and what they did to stay connected when people couldn’t be together.”

The girl’s first grade teacher, Jill Ovies, is equally as proud of what the girls have built in the face of the pandemic’s challenges.

“It is a proud moment for me even though I didn’t have anything to do with it,” said Ovies. “We do always strive to foster a love of reading and build community within the classroom. It’s nice to see that has expanded outside of our school walls.”

Ovies said the club is a great way to enhance their reading skills and create friends that will last regardless of the different classes or schools they may go to.

“We have a deep desire to be connected with others, and this was a good life lesson of how you can come together in tough times,” Ovies continued. “They may not understand the magnitude of what they were doing at the time, but when we look back, what they have created is really something special.”

 

COVID-Inspired Book Club

Posted: 12/1/2021 Categories: District News, HOMEPAGE Headlines, Lincoln High School News, Blacklick Elementary News, Chapelfield Elementary, Goshen Lane Elementary News, High Point Elementary News, Jefferson Elementary News, Lincoln Elementary News, Royal Manor Elementary News, Middle School South News, Middle School East News, Middle School West News

 

High Point Students Find Connection through COVID-Inspired Book Club

As schools across the state shuttered their doors to combat the rising cases of COVID-19 in March 2020, the impact on students was undeniable. It didn’t take long for them to begin missing school and seeing friends every day.

A group of first grade girls at High Point Elementary did not let the pandemic break their bond. In fact, they took the initiative to create a book club to stay in touch for the rest of the school year. That club continued into the summer and throughout the next year of virtual learning. Today, the girls, now in third grade, continue to meet monthly.

Parents rotate hosting the book club and everyone wears masks when inside. The girls discuss the current book including its characters and takeaway lessons, campaign for their favorite books to add to the reading list, vote on the next read, and even save some time to play outdoors and have a snack.

“It was difficult for me because I missed school and my friends,” said club member Everley Hannah. “We love reading and wanted to find a way to stay together.”

In addition to Everley, other club members include Cece Manket, Charlotte McCullough, Meredith Sell, Ava Lee and Priya Vyas. The books the club has read so far include Magic Tree House Tonight on the Titanic, Sophie Mouse, Wings of Fire, Junie B Jones, The Notebook of Doom, Judy Moody and Friends, Ivy + Bean and Babysitters Club Little Sisters.

“The girls often branch out and we encourage them to try new styles of reading,” said Everley’s mother Sarah Hannah. “They love graphic novels but also are interested in exploring non-fiction such as learning about gemstones. I hope they can stick with this all through elementary school and beyond.”

For Sarah, the benefits go beyond her daughter’s love of reading and friendships. She has enjoyed the connection with other moms from the group and has built cherished friendships of her own. Watching their children turn a challenging situation into a positive has been exciting for parents to witness and has created a unique bond among the entire group.

“I hope they look back and think about this time of the pandemic and reminisce about this book club,” she said. “I think they will always remember this time and what they did to stay connected when people couldn’t be together.”

The girl’s first grade teacher, Jill Ovies, is equally as proud of what the girls have built in the face of the pandemic’s challenges.

“It is a proud moment for me even though I didn’t have anything to do with it,” said Ovies. “We do always strive to foster a love of reading and build community within the classroom. It’s nice to see that has expanded outside of our school walls.”

Ovies said the club is a great way to enhance their reading skills and create friends that will last regardless of the different classes or schools they may go to.

“We have a deep desire to be connected with others, and this was a good life lesson of how you can come together in tough times,” Ovies continued. “They may not understand the magnitude of what they were doing at the time, but when we look back, what they have created is really something special.”