Project LIT club at Clemens HS promotes inclusiveness
Project Lit Book Club has been launched at Samuel Clemens High School with the intent of bringing a great amount of culturally relevant books to students on the campus. Michelle Payne, ELA Coordinator; and Christian Merriner, English teacher at Clemens, are spearheading the project in a meeting in the school’s library January 24th.
In addition to promoting a lifelong love of reading, Project Lit also aims to bring greater access of books written by authors of color and women along with a greater outreach to stories involving gender and issues on race.
Students who attended the inaugural meeting were given six books to peruse and vote on, with a selection to be made in early February. The novels up for discussion and vote are:
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sanchez
Pride by Ibi Zoboi
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
When I was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds
Merriner told the audience they will aim to have four books selected to read next year, with the eventual goal of having Book Club participants read and discuss one novel a month.