March 23, 2012 by Brad Currie
Recently one day after school eighteen students and six adult community members read “Mockingbird” by Kathryn Erskine. The books were provided as part of a grant from the Readington Education Foundation to help support the Intergenerational Book Club initiative. Readers met in the library to discuss the book in small groups. Conversations ranged from analyzing the main character’s experience with Aspergers Syndrome to sharing their own interactions with feeling different. Participants spoke about different communication styles and developed a list of questions for the author. Then, they Skypped with the author for half an hour. The author was particularly impressed with the nature of the questions the students and grown-ups asked her.
Ms. Emily Bengels, the awesome teacher and brainchild behind this engaging and relevant educational opportunity believes the collaborative experience will strengthen relationships among stakeholders and enable perspective on topics to be more appreciated. Throughout these sessions participants have really connected with each other and learned new things about the lives people lead on a daily basis. In addition, because this educational experience has been such a huge success, it will take place again during the month of May. The Readington Middle School family should be very proud of this educational endeavor and the positive learning experience it has provided.