Hamilton searching for Real Men
Hamilton Middle School has been selected to participate in the Houston Real Men Read program this year. As part of the program, the school is Looking for male volunteers to commit to reading and discussing a book in a seventh grade class for one hour each month.
Readings will take place the second Thursdays of each month from 9 -10 a.m. beginning Nov. 12. All materials and discussion questions will be provided in advance.
Personally, this sounds like a great program. According to a Hamilton parent who's a friend of mine, Hamilton is now overwhelmingly a magnet population, meaning that the students at Hamilton are in large measure high achievers who like being challenged. Challenging these students with literature, and adding to that by bringing in members of the surrounding community, delivers the message that the community cares about them and that reading is an activity that ensures success.
And in a world where the Downtown Library (the library!!) installs a video game console amid the books, filling the upper floor with kids who focus on a screen, while the books just inches from them are collecting dust, and no one thinks this is weird at all, the importance of this kind of program cannot be overstated.
For more information or to volunteer, e-mail Christy Leflar at email@example.com.
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