On Friday, May 13th, Upper School students participated in a Summer Reading Kickoff event hosted by the English Department and the Book Club to promote reading over the summer.
Students gathered outside of the Writing Center and completed book recommendation forms in exchange for cookie cake and a bookmark. Since each of the grade level summer reading requirements includes a free choice book, students shared with each other books they had read and enjoyed previously. The recommendation forms asked students to write a rating for the novel on a scale of one to five, a short summary, what they enjoyed about the book, and a list of suggested readers. Students then posted their forms by genre on posters outside the Writing Center. The bookmarks, featuring student artwork by Meredith Yorek and Asha Rao, also list the grade level summer reading requirements and a QR code to the summer reading webpage. After the event, Mallory King reflected, "It was cool to see that people still find time to read for fun even though they're so busy. The cookie cake was a nice bonus for giving book recommendations.”
Elliott Kellam, book club president added, “We were really pleased with such a large turnout. We hope that indicates that summer reading will be better than ever this year.”
Over the summer, Upper School students are encouraged to share their reading experiences on social media using the hashtags #ehsreads and #getcaughtreading. Those who missed the event should check with their English teachers for a bookmark and access the summer reading requirements here or on the Upper School portal of the school website.
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