Friday, August 1, 2008

Summer Reading

Reading is my compulsion. Absolutely love it. Last week I unpacked the first lot of our summer book order. Breaking Dawn, by Stephenie Meyer hadn't been released yet so it wasn't in the box, but I can wait. I think.

On the subject of reading, I am really hoping that students got the message about our One School, One Book project. We chose A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a boy soldier, by Ishmael Beah. As part of this project Kate Richmond and I are working together to plan a series of discussions and presentations to bring depth and global awareness to the reading experience.

As part of this process, we went to see a presentation at the Needham Public Library by a group called HERvoices. Their mission is to share the voices and important roles of women around the world, with this presentation focusing on the unique work in developing a model for non-violence in Wafir, a remote area of Kenya. This model was so successful that during the recent civil unrest, the Kenyan government turned to the women of Wafir and asked for assistance in adopting their model.

This will add a fascinating layer to our discussion of A Long Way Gone, and what happened in Sierra Leone.

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