Verona and Oakmont middle schoolers have a new extra-curricular option to express their love of reading.
Riverview School District officials recently approved the creation of a middle school book club.
The idea was proposed by English literature teacher Liz Morgans in response to a student survey taken last spring.
She said about 10 eighth graders and at least five seventh graders would join.
“The purpose of the club would be for students to discuss books of interest once or twice a month,” Morgans explained in her proposal letter. “We will read the book outside of book club, and during our meetings we would discuss themes and topics of the book. If the selected book is also a movie, we might compare and contrast the book with the movie.”
Morgans said students would lead the conversation, select the books to be read as a group, be responsible for their materials and encourage others to join the club.
Superintendent Peggy DiNinno said she is looking forward to see how the club does this school year, and lauded the school board for supporting the teacher’s proposal.
“We monitor very closely our students’ interest and their needs,” DiNinno said. “When a teacher takes the time to notice that there’s an enthusiasm for a particular item, particularly reading, and are willing to come to us … we’re thrilled.”
Students can sign up for the club at their school.
Parents seeking more information about this opportunity can call 412-828-1800.