This year I established the Lions Literacy Alliance Club, a book club that focuses on books that offer windows, a story that offers you a view into someone else's experience, and mirrors, a story that reflects your own culture and helps you build your identity, with teachers and students throughout the entire school. We have even had some parents participate! The topics have touched on racial injustice, recognizing bullying culture, appreciating the religious and cultural differences that make our community great, and mental health. The conversations have run deep and provided us a way to reflect thoughtfully with one another. When our teachers and students feel empowered that their voices are heard and matter, they are more engaged in the learning community. When our teachers and students learn about others in this way, we all become more empathetic individuals who are more understanding and respectful of the various paths our individual lives are moving along.
Our book selections are listed below. What do you think we should have on the list for next year?
School Librarian Advocating for Student Voice in Metro Atlanta