This was not your common area journey.
As a substitute of visiting a museum or watching a efficiency, about 100 college students from Seattle’s Garfield Excessive College on Tuesday traveled to the Elliott Bay E book Co. Every teenager had a $50 reward card, their cash maximized due to a 20 % retailer low cost. They needed to comply with only one instruction: purchase no matter books they wished.
English instructor Adam Gish believes within the energy of studying, telling The Seattle Instances it “can humanize us and assist us, particularly at this age, uncover our identities as a result of we uncover that different folks undergo the identical factor.” Whereas within the classroom a number of years in the past, Gish found that a number of of his college students had by no means been inside a bookstore earlier than. As a particular reward, he would take a couple of college students yearly to Elliot Bay E book Co. and allow them to select a e-book, however it was too costly for him to take all of his college students.
Now, due to a non-public donor, Gish can deliver dozens of ninth, tenth, and eleventh graders to the bookstore. College students have to use by writing a letter, and a few shared that their households cannot afford books, whereas others mentioned studying has helped them develop their minds. “A brand new e-book is a novelty, a hardcover novel nearly unprecedented … it appears surreal and I might be honored to take part on this,” one scholar wrote. This 12 months, Gish let the entire college students who wrote letters go on the sector journey, the place they picked up books like Turning into by Michelle Obama and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. After everybody checked out on the register, about 450 books have been purchased.