Summer Reading Assignment 2020
(all grades, all levels)
This year’s One School, One Book initiative will engage our school community in a literary experience that reaches beyond the classroom and traditional summer reading assignments. Through our shared reading experience, we will explore varied projects for each academic discipline, and come together as a community for shared discussion and activities. Projects will be assigned in September.
The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim Defede ISBN-10: 0060559713
When 38 jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land at Gander International Airport in Canada by the closing of U.S. airspace on September 11, the population of this small town on Newfoundland Island swelled from 10,300 to nearly 17,000. The citizens of Gander met the stranded passengers with an overwhelming display of friendship and goodwill.
As the passengers stepped from the airplanes, exhausted, hungry and distraught after being held on board for nearly 24 hours while security checked all of the baggage, they were greeted with a feast prepared by the townspeople. Local bus drivers who had been on strike came off the picket lines to transport the passengers to the various shelters set up in local schools and churches. Linens and toiletries were bought and donated. A middle school provided showers, as well as access to computers, email, and televisions, allowing the passengers to stay in touch with family and follow the news.
Over the course of those four days, many of the passengers developed friendships with Gander residents that they expect to last a lifetime. As a show of thanks, scholarship funds for the children of Gander have been formed and donations have been made to provide new computers for the schools. This book recounts the inspiring story of the residents of Gander, Canada, whose acts of kindness have touched the lives of thousands of people and been an example of humanity and goodwill.
Suggested Summer Reading
St Joes highly recommends that our entire community also read All American
Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. Two high school students (one African American and one Caucasian) retell the story of the same event but through two different lens. All American Boys displays the different ways racism manifests itself in everyday life, explores the fundamental reasons that racism exists, and shows how it can be perpetuated even by those who do not mean to cause harm. With input from our faculty, staff, and students, this book will act as springboard for much larger conversations and curriculum pieces that are being developed.
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely