"Nooga Chat" community book club starts at Howard School

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Nooga Chat, The Howard School’s community book club, recently met to discuss the first book selection for the 2017-2108 school year.

Each quarter throughout the school year, The Howard School students will read a new, highly-engaging young adult book and then host a book club for community members who have read the same book.

This quarter’s book was All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely.

Opportunity Zone Literacy Coach Brandon Hubbard-Heitz and Howard School English Teacher Ashley Cox received a grant from the Sankofa Fund in Chattanooga to help start the Nooga Chat Book Club.

“Our goal is to encourage the students to learn to love reading, and then share that love with the larger community,” said Hubbard-Heitz. “The response to our first book, All American Boys, has been amazing. My students were begging to read more each day.”

“As an English teacher it is important to me to not only get students to read books, but to love books,” added Cox. “I also think it’s important for community members to come in and have conversations with kids about academics. We want to do that with a book this year.”

The Nooga Chat Book Club second quarter reading selection will be American Street by Ibi Zoboi.

Follow Nooga Chat on Twitter and Facebook to find out how you can attend the next Nooga Chat Book Club meeting.

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