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Morning Book Club back for new school year

September 8, 2018
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Traer Star-Clipper

Every morning at 8 a.m. before classes start at North Tama High School, senior Noah Bond and Vocal Music Instructor Terry Shay meets with other students in tow in his room to read a children's picture book and start off the new school day.

"It started with Noah Bond coming in one morning, saw a Drew Daywalt book sitting in my room and wanted to read it," Shay said. "I asked him 'why don't you read it to me?' and he did. The next day, he was back and asked 'what book are we reading today?'"

The duo have read 375 books to date together, welcoming other students and faculty to come and join them for the Morning Book Club. Their crowd can range from four to eight people a morning and has already kicked off this semester, with a new guest in 7-12 Principal Andrew Meister visiting recently.

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Principal Andrew Meister attended a recent Morning Book Club and snapped a pic Photo submitted.

"Pictures books are easy to read in one morning and have a good message," Shay said. "I just loaded up on books this summer for the school year because we were running out."

Some titles read at the Morning Book Club include "Monster Trucks" by Anika Denise, "The Dot" by Peter H. Reynolds and "Two Bobbies" by Kirby Larson.

"The books have a lot of content that younger kids don't understand yet, but as high school students we can pick up on," Bond said. "Doing this in the morning is a way to start your day off better than just waking up and coming to school. We read anything we can get our hands on."

The Morning Book Club's door is open to students and faculty interested in also starting their day on a different note.



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