One of our interns told us he remembers the first book he bought at his third-grade book fair: Amelia’s Notebook. Recalling the selection: “I remember how amazed I was to be reading someone else’s journal, to see someone else’s life spoken in their words. Even today, whenever I’m searching for a new book, I search for an autobiography or memoir first.”
Similar to our intern, students at Potter-Thomas Promise Academy had the chance to find the book to spark their love of reading; as an added bonus they got to do so with Eagles Defensive End Chris Long there to help.
As part of its “First Quarter for Literacy” drive, the Chris Long Foundation hosted the first of a series of book fairs, this one at Potter-Thomas, for students in kindergarten to third grade. During the book fair, students had the opportunity to choose five books, representing a diverse range of titles, languages, and reading levels, for their home libraries.
Speaking to students, Long spoke about the importance of reading and how it has helped him both while growing up, and during his career. Then, with students in tow, Long helped to pick out books for students before posing for photos with students and teachers.
Helping out were several Reading Captains, as well as partners Brent Johnstone and Akeiff Staples from FathersRead365.