Last month, an organization created by Mrs. Jenna Hixson to promote reading returned for it’s seventh year. About 20 students stayed after school to read with kindergarten and first graders for Reading Buddies.
The organization started when Mrs. Hixson collected books for a book drive called operation Santa Claus.
“I ended up missing the date to donate the books,” said Mrs. Hixson. “I had no idea what to do with over 700 books.”
Mrs. Hixson said she went to the primary center to get her observation hours for getting her masters degree in reading,, and while she was there, a colleague informed her that a lot of students didn’t have anyone to read with at home.
“Books have always been a constant in my life, and they even sparked my career choices,” Mrs. Hixson said. “When I found this out, I wanted to make sure other students got the same experience with books that I did. So I decided to take the books from the book drive and use them for reading with the primary students.”
Mrs. Hixson wants both the primary and high school students to take something away from the experience of reading buddies.
“I want the primary students to see how truly important those years are,” she said. “I want all participants to see the importance of reading and feeling important. I hope as the years go on and as the organization grows, that more students will get involved in reading buddies.”
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