Students were encouraged to read a short book or novel of their choice and then complete a packet of comprehensive activities related to their reading. One of the activities included making a fictional Facebook page for one of the characters in the book. Students could also discuss the book with their Instructors. Those who finished the packet were eligible for Center incentives.
Zachariah Winnie chose “America Sniper” as his reading novel. “I like that this book is written by a real Navy seal, and he explains and describes how events occurred on the battlefield during the war in Iraq,” he said.
Other students participated in a visit to Taylorsville Elementary School, where they read Dr. Seuss to the kindergarten and 1st grade students. Students Denisha Martin, Naim Salaam, Andrew Creek, Nathan Koontz, Stedman Sanders and Thomias Davis presented each classroom teacher with the book and a poster. Every elementary student received a bookmark and/or stickers.
Andrew said if he is still enrolled in Job Corps next year, he would like to participate in the program again. Naim and Stedman said the activity “makes me want to work with kids in the future.”