NHS senior to start book club at Jefferson Parkway

by Celia Shortt

Newnan High School Senior Tavaris Johnson is starting something new at Jefferson Parkway Elementary School, a book club.

“It will be a fun way to introduce them to reading and how fun it can be,” he said.

Johnson has done other reading initiatives before, as he organized a book drive at Newnan High School last year. He is also part of Family Patterns Matter where he first received the idea for a club from its CEO and founder Linda Kirkpatrick.

Family Patterns Matter is a local non-profit created in 2013 which focuses on breaking patterns of family abuse and involving local youth.

Johnson plans to hold the book club once or twice a month at Jefferson Parkway. Currently, he has five to six people working with him on the club. Once it starts, the students who participate will break into age groups and book levels. He will have a book already picked out for them to read, discuss and do related activities in their groups.

“I hope the kids at Jefferson Parkway can find a love for reading,” he said.

Jefferson Parkway Principal Sean Dye is excited about the club and what it means for his students.

“I think that this is an awesome opportunity for our students and the students that will be reading to our children,” he said. “Hopefully some of our students will be inspired to become life-long, avid readers! Seeing high school students enjoying reading and caring enough to come and read with them should inspire my students to want to do the same when they are in high school. This is a perfect way to spread the joy of reading.”

To get started, Johnson received a donation to purchase some books for the club and is also hoping to do another book drive.



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