West Book-Writing Project Delivers Powerful Lesson to Heritage Students

West Book-Writing Project Delivers Powerful Lesson to Heritage Students
Posted on 12/18/2017
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photo of West student reading to Heritage elementary studentA project that connected some of Lakota’s oldest students with some of its youngest served as a powerful lesson for students on both sides of the table.

Lakota West students in Marian Weber’s English 12 World Literature & Composition class created personalized children’s holiday books as a way of inspiring and stressing the importance of literacy to second-graders at Heritage Elementary. On Tuesday morning, the high-schoolers traveled to Heritage to personally read and deliver their books to their pre-assigned students.

“It is so heart-warming to see kids on their way out of school share the love and rewards of reading with kids early in their educational career,” Weber said. “It’s about this time of year when seniors begin reflecting on their time at Lakota and want to give back to students in the early stages of their education.”

Each book was holiday-themed and personalized to incorporate the name of their student.

“Noah was so excited to have a book with his name in it and even more excited to learn that he was paired with a football player,” laughed senior Xavier Peters, who was equally surprised to learn that his partner was the young fan he saw frequently in the West press box.

“It really made me feel good to see how special she felt getting a book with her name in it,” said another West senior Alexis Weigel. “She told me all she wants for Christmas is books, so hopefully I inspired her to continue loving reading.”

Through her class, Weber helps students recognize that literacy is the most basic step in attaining education, and one that many take for granted.

“It is always rewarding when the lightbulb finally goes on for students regarding their education and the world beyond themselves,” Weber said. “Without literacy, nearly everything else is impossible. Reading empowers people and gives them skills to make informed decisions. Getting our younger students to realize that was just one guiding purpose of this project.”