As we look to the future for Southbridge Public Schools, we aim to have all students receive a world class education. As one means to that end, we are implementing a literacy initiative in the middle school, We Read Big. Research suggests that increasing reading frequency results in students’ ability to better interpret literature. Therefore, the more we read and talk about reading, then big changes will occur in our schools and in our students’ futures. These changes include an increase in state test scores (necessary for high school graduation) and communicative skills that will make our students more competitive in the global market.
Students will be asked to read a minimum of 20 mins. a day with the occasional Stop, Drop and Read being instituted throughout the building at different intervals. To help students with this goal, we purchased over 1200 lbs. of books from Scholastic Education that will be distributed throughout ELA classrooms at the end of the week. This carefully and expertly curated collection of titles contains 500 plus books of diverse authors, genres, and subjects for each ELA classroom. The diversity and volume of this collection will ensure every student can find something that will interest him or her. In addition to the installation of these classroom libraries, teachers, administrators, and other building personnel are being asked to share their favorite books with their students. Doorway posters will be provided
highlighting each staff member’s favorite book as an aid to foster passionate conversations around reading.
Having meaningful discussions around books reinforces the communal nature of reading — that it is something that we ALL do.