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“Starbooks” Book Club serves up a “Latte” Literacy at Ridgeview

Contributed To The Press • Feb 18, 2017 at 6:28 PM

Happiness is a cup of hot chocolate and a good book.

Ask any fifth-grader at Ridgeview Elementary and this just might be their new mantra.

“Starbooks” Book Club, a research-based reading program, implemented by language arts teachers Amber Bacon and Lori Jenkins, is the cause of all the stir among their students.

The program is open to all fifth-grade students and takes place before school, after school and during their lunch periods. Students select quality, grade-appropriate books and sign up to experience the text with a small group of their peers. Together, these groups read the book, discuss characters, explore plot development and delve into the author’s craft, all while enjoying a delicious cup of cocoa.

The overall goal of this initiative is to promote a lifelong love of reading and combine collaborative learning with student-centered inquiry. All students have expressed enthusiasm for the program. One student said, “It is a perfect place to relax and enjoy a great book.”

Another member of the “Starbooks” Book club stated, “It is helping me to become a stronger reader.” This is exactly the type of feedback these educators are looking for in assessing the program and planning for an exciting future.