I am so happy to post this story because it is about one of my former students who has chosen to inspire children through reading. In October 2011, Paul Naanou, then a junior at the Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Virginia, organized an event called “Destination Text-ploration.” The event was coordinated through an after school club called Book Buddies, whose ongoing mission is to encourage children from kindergarden through sixth grade to discover the magic and joy that comes from reading. Around eight hundred children from Fairfax County participated in book readings, author interview sessions and culture demonstrations. Book Buddies also gave away over two thousand new books to enthusiastic new readers.
The event was such a success that a second event is scheduled for this December. Below are links to two videos put together by Fairfax County.
Bravo and good luck to Book Buddies for the upcoming festival! I hope you continue to help unlock the secrets and the power of curling up with great books.