An Extraordinary Reading Day

When School Director Almaïs told me that the school was holding a “reading day,” I was not sure quite what to expect.  I certainly did not anticipate walking into something like this!


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They had arranged a room like a mini-library with tables full of books covering a variety of subjects.  Each child had a piece of paper and a pencil.  When they chose a book, they wrote the name of it down on their paper, and then they looked for a chair or table at which they could sit down and read it.  When they were finished, they took the book back and traded it for another.  (Just to give a little context: keep in mind that very few, if any, of these kids have ever even seen a library.  Many of them have parents–and certainly grandparents–who cannot read.  They have no shelves full of books to read at home…in fact, they’re lucky if they even have their own schoolbooks.)


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There were even some other interesting materials available, such as periodicals  and laminated images.


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Director of Pedagogy Osselet walked around supervising and giving suggestions.


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Anyone interested in reading up on geometry?


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Even the teachers found some interesting reading material!


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The day had begun in the chapel with an exposition by Osselet on the importance of reading, along with a couple of reading tips.


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Then, delegations from each class read a short passage from a book before the student body.  After they were finished, Osselet asked them some questions about what they had just read.


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