As we move into the summer break, I’d like to encourage everyone to make time to read. Notice that I said, “make time to read.” I rarely have time to read and yet I always read! Life can seem like a perpetual plot to keep us from reading. The great thing about summer reading is that we’re able to follow our passion. Normally, there’s no required reading list for us in the summer. So often, our reading list consists of “Gotta read” books. In the summer, it should be “Wanna read” books.
Last summer, I became consumed with John Adams—the Revolutionary hero. That spark was ignited by a visit to Adams’ home just outside Boston. I was intrigued by this man who played such a crucial role in our nation’s history. Yet, I didn’t know a thing about him. I started by reading The Letters of John and Abigail Adams. Then, I moved on to John Adams, a biography by David McCullough. This led me to McCullough’s 1776. I concluded my summer reading with a biography of his remarkable wife, Abigail. It was a delightful summer.
We encourage our elementary students to read 10 books or 1,000 pages during the summer. Those who accomplish this feat will receive the “Superintendent’s Summer Reading Award.” Last year, we recognized nearly 5,000 of our elementary students who had achieved this award. We want to see even more of our students earn the award this year.
So, find a good book. Go outside in the shade and get lost in story. You’ll love every minute!