BY JOVANNI TOUSSAINT
The Book Club will have a book drive in conjunction with the Harry Potter Club to benefit organizations around South Florida such as Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. The project will take place Dec. 1-12.
“It’s a nice thing to give the gift of reading to people who might not have as much opportunity,” book club sponsor Jeanne Kielbasa said.
Ms. Kielbasa said she is all for this project and is very excited to see the outcome of the club’s first event.
“Reading is not just looking at words on a page. The act of reading can really relate to others by teaching lessons or giving new insights on life. Some people might just find entertainment in reading,” Ms. Kielbasa said.
Ms. Kielbasa said the book club formed last year and she believes it can contribute in a big way to students, which was the main reason she became a sponsor.
“Book Club adds an appreciation and love of reading to the school, especially when students are able to discuss and share ideas about book topics while being in a classroom setting with their peers,” Ms. Kielbasa said.
Junior Rachel Gordon, the club’s president, leads the decisions in coming up with the activities and events, such as the book drive.
“The main idea of the project is to bring the gift of reading to others who can benefit from books,” she said.
Gordon first started the club in her sophomore year to create a place where she is able be able to discuss the different aspects of books with people who also share the same interest.
“It’s fun to read and great to come together and discuss books with friends and peers. I used to not be able to do that very often but when I started the club it opened up a brand new opportunity for all students,” she said.
So far book club has about 20 to 25 members. Ms. Kielbasa said she hopes there will be more members this year to participate in reading and help out with the book drive and other events.
“It would be great to get more members this year to spread the idea of reading by telling others about the drive,” Ms. Kielbasa said.
Meetings are once a month on Fridays right after school in room 855. Anyone can join and there are no dues.