A new program at Trinity Christian Academy (TCA) aims to show students that reading can truly be a fun activity—and it seems to be working.
Last month, TCA students and faculty took part in the academy’s “Where Do You Read?” program, which promotes reading among middle school students.
“’Where Do You Read?’ [is a] program which encourages middle school students to take pictures of themselves with their favorite books in unique and creative places,” states a press release. “The program was created in honor of National Book Month by TCA’s middle school librarian, Holly Hatton, to show kids how much fun reading can be and defeat the stigma of the library as a ‘no-fun zone.'”
Hatton’s ingenious idea was a big hit. The middle school students embraced the program, taking snapshots of themselves reading in interesting locations and in creative positions.
“Students snapped photos of themselves reading on top of the school’s auditorium catwalk, hanging upside down from swings and even floating downstream in buckets,” explains a press release.
Other stellar examples include: TCA student Danielle Parker, who photographed herself in front of a zoo’s orangutan exhibit reading “Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back,” by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent; and student Cooper James wearing Groucho glasses, hanging upside down from a swing and posing with “I Funny: A Middle School Story,” by James Patterson.
But the middle school students weren’t the only ones getting in on the fun. TCA teachers also got wild with their “reading photography.”
Some faculty members photographed themselves “on top of their classroom cabinets” and even “riding bikes with books in hand.” But sixth grade science teacher, Stephen Megison, upped the ante when he photographed himself “skydiving with his book of choice, ‘The Way of the Kings,’ by Brandon Sanderson.” Impressive!
With a great fusion of reading, photography and originality, we’re sure TCA’s “Where Do You Read?” program will continue inspiring students and faculty right here in the Corridor.
For more information on Trinity Christian Academy or the “Where Do You Read?” program, visit the academy online.