Middle school students get ‘taste of reading’
by Hawkins Teague
Jan 16, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A horde of middle school students crowds around the table to get a taste of something beside reading at the school’s “Taste of Reading Night” last week.
A horde of middle school students crowds around the table to get a taste of something beside reading at the school’s “Taste of Reading Night” last week.
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Mary Ann Lander talks about reading, which she called her “true love.”
Mary Ann Lander talks about reading, which she called her “true love.”
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Students of Trigg County Middle School and their families got a “Taste of Reading” last Thursday night in the school library.

Assistant Principal Kristi Miller said the school’s “Taste of Reading” night was funded by some of the school’s Title I money, which is federal money given to school districts with a high percentage of low-income families for educational programs. She said that teacher Kristen Long and several others worked hard to put it together. Several speakers were featured speaking about their joy for reading and why it’s important to the lives of everyone.

Superintendent Tim McGinnis told the crowd of 32 parents and 34 students that Trigg County Schools have embraced the challenge of teaching kids what they need to know to compete in a global economy. He said that while most of the jobs created in the future will be very technology-related, reading is an integral part whatever career a student might choose. Career paths have an effect on how someone views reading, but career and technical jobs demand a high level of skill because technical manuals are written at a college sophomore or junior level, he said. He encouraged students to not only read at their grade level, but above. He said he also wanted parents to do everything they could to push their children to read more.

“Research shows that a print-rich environment at home is critical,” McGinnis said.

McGinnis encouraged the families to give newspaper and magazine subscriptions, as well as gift cards to bookstores as gifts. Finding a subject that a child enjoys reading about is the best way to get him or her to read more, he said. He also said that every parent should make sure his or her kids have a library card.

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