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Most people like reading because to a lot of people it’s an escape. It can take you to a whole different world. You can go to Wonderland or Narnia you can even go to a tropical island. Reading can take you on adventures you’ve never been before. Other people read to expand their knowledge of the world. Others to expand their vocabulary. People read for many different reasons.

However, not every kid likes to read and often this hurts them at school.  In Ukiah, CA, a lot of these students end up at South Valley High School.  Until last year, South Valley didn’t even have a library.  To help students want to read, South Valley started SSR — sustained silent reading. SSR happens every day at the beginning of class during second period.  Students get an extra 15 minutes to read any book they want. It’s really helpful for the students who don’t have enough time to read at home. Having a library helps out a lot because most students don’t even have books around their house. Some students might not even like to read, but since our library has so many different kinds of books most of the time they find books that they really like. The library has new releases, old classics, all different types of reading levels, and, some of the most popular, lots of graphic novels.  I’ve seen a lot of students who think they’re “too good to read” and have never really read any book before start to enjoy reading.  It’s amazing that South Valley is helping the students making that change.

photo courtesy of Ukiah Daily Journal

photo courtesy of Ukiah Daily Journal

 

Books cost money and schools don’t always have money for books.  The Ukiah community has stepped up; specifically, The Mendocino Book Company, which recently donated a large variety of books to South Valley High School. When our library started last year South Valley purchased $1,500 worth of books from The Mendocino Book Company.  Along with our purchase they donated a bunch of books to help us start out our library. This year they donated many more as well, even though we didn’t buy any more books from them. The books they donate are all the most recent releases — some are part of a series — and have not even been read yet, which makes students feel a bit more special; they are worth getting new stuff instead of second hand or hand me downs.  South Valley students and staff are very grateful for all the donations and help we have been receiving from the community to help out our students.

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3 Responses to “Community Helps South Valley Enjoy Reading”

  1. Brandon Lucas on November 17th, 2016 12:24 pm

    What you liked or didn’t like about the writing

    i liked the wrighting it made sense that students dont like to read.
    One thing you learned
    that reading can take you on an adventure.

    What you liked or didn’t like about the article as a whole….not just the writing
    I did not dislike it it was very understandable and educated for students.

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  2. Espi on February 16th, 2017 11:52 am

    I really like the way it was written. The tone really says “we want students to read”. Im amazed by how much money south valley spent on book. $1500 is alot for books. The article as a whole is really well composed and an easy read. The writer must have been really involved with the library and all the books because the article has a personal feel/ Maybe the writer likes to read?

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  3. Francisco Villegas on February 21st, 2017 12:08 pm

    I like the writing very easy to read and understand. I learned that South Valley didn’t have a library up until last year. I like how it describes what a book can do for people and the different ways it helps people build their vocabulary but also can be used to take someone on an adventure.

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