Secondary Schools Host Summer Reading Programs

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On Aug. 1, Dodd hosted a movie screening of “The Outsiders,” which correlated directly to an ongoing assignment that has tasked all Dodd students with reading the classic novel by S.E. Hinton during the summer and completing a project by Sept. 12.

The movie screening was held in Dodd’s library and hosted by librarian Christine Meloni and seventh-grade English teacher Lauren Artuso. Students engaged in discussions about the differences and similarities between the novel and film, enjoyed popcorn, participated in a raffle for a chance to win prizes including a “The Outsiders” shirt, and select a free copy of the books “Flipped,” “One Crazy Summer” or “Al Capone Does My Shirts” with a bookmark.

All Dodd students received a free copy of “The Outsiders” to add to their personal library at the beginning of summer, and were encouraged to connect via Google Classroom to share their reactions, answer survey questions, gain access to free eBooks and post selfies of themselves with the book.

A similar program was hosted at the high school, where students were tasked with reading “The Hunger Games” and invited to participate in a movie screening and discussion group.

The ongoing reading assignments in the district’s secondary schools are part of it’s commitment to promoting literacy and encouraging students to continue reading during the summer months.