Summer Reading Wrap Up
CATA's summer reading program has been around for a number of years. Each spring the teachers at CATA all pick a book that they are interested in sharing with students. Students then pick their top three choices from the list of possible titles and from that the final list is formed.
Every effort is made to give students their first choice but some students do end up with their second choice. Students are notified before the end of the school year which book they are to read and that the book discussions will take place during the second week of school.
This year the school once again had a large and varied list of titles that students selected. Ms. Hibberd chose A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner. In this story two women are connected over time by a scarf. This book ties in historical events such as the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire and 9/11.
In the story one of the main characters advises another to "Be Happy and Choose Hope." After some discussion about the book, students were given time to decorate flower pots with images that make them happy. They were able to take the pots home and they can be used to plant seeds or just be a desk decoration.
All the new freshmen and the sophomores that were new to CATA read Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. In this story, sportswriter Mitch Albom reconnects with his former college professor who has ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Morrie teaches life lessons to Mitch and they resume their weekly meetings after not having been in contact for 16 years.
One group that read this book wrote a poem to a teacher or person in their life who made a difference and another group had the students pick out meaningful quotes, illustrate them, and then displayed them on the 100 and 200 halls.
The Guidance staff's book was Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott (Author), Mikki Daughtry (Contributor), Tobias Iaconis (Contributor). This book is a story about a girl with Cystic Fibrosis. Their students had to hold a string to stay five feet apart while working on an activity where they identified things they can and cannot control.
Reading over the summer is very important and through this program CATA encourages students to explore new genres and to participate in a discussion about what they've read.