January 3rd 2013
CamdenForward School’s book club—affectionately titled “Auntie’s Book Club”—has started off with a bang! This year’s club, led by our executive director, “Auntie” Jodina Hicks, began on November 30. Running strong for over a year now, the club has progressed from seven students to the entire school (over 100 students).
Because book club is so large, students are assigned to a small group—or “team”—led by an UrbanPromise staff member or volunteer. Each participant is encouraged to read at least one book a week and introduce it to the team. Team members then decide which student will discuss his or her book with Jodina on stage after their small group discussions. Book favorites include the Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey, Robin’s Country by Monica Furlong, and The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren.
The most recent club, held on December 14, saw some exciting new features, including the “Young Author’s Group,” comprised of students interested in writing their own stories and sharing them with the school. Perhaps the most interesting addition to Auntie’s Book Club is the participation of Amos and Jackson, two golden retrievers who belong to UrbanPromise’s creative director, Shannon Oberg. The two have joined a small group of struggling readers who are reading aloud to the dogs in order to gain confidence and improve their reading ability.