“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.” Albert Einstein
This year’s Middle School Community Read finished off with over 90 students, teachers, and staff reading the community read book, Fish in a Tree. New for the 2015-16 school year, the school library community read program included middle school students from both the McGlynn and the Andrews middle schools. The program had school communities read the same book, participate in activities, and attend a final end-of-year book party.
The book was popular with middle school students who found inspiration from the main character’s ability to overcome struggles in school; and the power of one teacher and a circle of friends who help her understand how incredible she really is. It spoke to anyone who’s ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn’t fit in.
The community read program was expanded to both middle schools this year due to the generosity of a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Center for Citizenship and Social Responsibility. The grant funded books for both school libraries and a book party for those students participating in the program.
Also new this year was the use of Google Classroom to allow students from both schools to participate in online activities and discussions. If you’d like more information on this year’s community read book and program resources, you can access the middle school community read website at https://sites.google.com/a/medford.k12.ma.us/middle-school-community-reads/home