Visitors to Clinton Junior High School this morning might have noticed something unusual: empty hallways, silent classrooms, and teachers sitting quietly by their desks. What was going on? Students and staff across the building dropped their normal routines and picked up their books for the first-ever CJHS Read-In.
Reactions from participants were overwhelmingly positive. One teacher commented, “I feel like it was important that we could demonstrate that all of our students can be engaged in the reading process.” Teachers reported that their students were actively reading, that it was an awesome experience, and that, according to one English teacher, “It made my heart so happy!”
Students also enjoyed the Read-In experience. According to one 8th grader, "We should do this every morning!" A 7th grader said, “I think we should make this a monthly thing, not only to get our reading time in, but also to relax a little and de-stress." Some students actually begged for more reading time.
Because of the many benefits to reading, creating a culture of literacy is a priority for CJHS. This year, the English department partnered with the Warner Public Library to host spooky storytelling, and has also orchestrated a building-wide reading challenge. And judging by this morning’s success, another Read-In is likely on the horizon.