Once a week April Sandford, Media Specialist at Hogansville Elementary, welcomes a group of 6-10 fourth grade students around movable desks so they can read and discuss their chosen book. The group is called ‘The Lunch Bunch’ because they bring lunch to the book club sessions that are held in the media center. Sandford has been hosting the club for the past four years.
They are currently reading Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina by Rodman Philbrick. The students are intrigued and asks questions when Sandford shares that a young man and his dog were rescued by a man with dreadlocks. They want to know more. Sandford smiles as she tells them they have to continue the story next week because lunch time is over. As the students begin cleaning up their areas in preparation to go to their next class, they begin talking about family members and friends in South Georgia and Florida who have been impacted by the recent hurricanes that have plowed through both states.
Other books read in The Lunch Bunch book club have been:
- Kizzy Ann Stamps by Jeri Watts
- The Hero Two Doors Down by Sharon Robinson
- Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff
- Theodore Boone by John Grisham
- The Angel Tree by Daphne Benedis Grab
Sandford says, “I started The Lunch Bunch as a way to encourage students to read. Literacy is a huge initiative for the school system and Hogansville. We want our kids to read on grade level so they can be successful. Our motto is ‘Literacy…It’s a Hogansville Thing’. We read all different types of books with this group and they see it as a fun time to hang with their friends, but they are really learning and the material is relevant to what they experience in real life.