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Bright Book Club and Homework Club Receive Funds for Next Year (June, 2008)

Assistance League Presents Check to Susie Graham and Amanda HamiltonThe Bright Book Club allows small student groups to read a common book and discuss it with each other and the school librarian. The program promotes a love of reading and allows additional reading opportunities to students, some of whom may not have opportunities to read for recreation in the home. Fifth grade participants meet once a week in the library during lunch to discuss a book they have chosen together in a book club format, just as adult book clubs do, according to Amanda Hamilton, school librarian.

During the 2007-2008 school year more than 55 students participated in the Bright Book Club, reading new novels monthly. Thanks to funds provided by the Collin County Assistance League, high quality copies of the latest new books were purchased. This year, 146 copies of 11 new books were added to the book club collection. This increased choices for reading to 21 sets of novels and allowing students to keep three books each for their home libraries after reading. For the 2008-2009 school year the book club is planning to expand to both 4th and 5th grade students and will continue to promote reading in a fun and friendly environment. The Assistance League has awarded a $2,000 grant to Bright to continue this program and the Homework Club, an afterschool program where league volunteers work with children, according to Susie Graham, principal.