UNION — The written word is one of the greatest inventions of the human race and has enabled humanity to chronicle its experiences, observations, ideas, inventions, and innovations, successes and failures and pass that record down across the generations.
Books are the result of the development of the written word and they are the defining feature/resource of two of humanities most important institutions: libraries and schools.
Without books — and the written word that makes them possible — there would be no libraries because there would be no reason for them. There wouldn’t be any schools either because the written word makes education possible and that’s why schools not only have books in the classroom, they also have libraries of their own to provide students with even more resources for mastering the skills of reading and writing and the intellectual abilities needed to absorb, understand, and use the knowledge learned in the classroom and in the library.
That’s why students at Foster Park Elementary School, with the help of the school’s staff, make good use of the books and related resources the school makes available to them. They understand the importance of books and so that’s why they:
• Pay close attention when their teacher is teaching them reading strategies that will help them improve their reading skills so that they can learn more and do better in class.
• Are conducting a penny drive to help get books to Texas libraries that were flooded during Hurricane Harvey.
• Took advantage of and thoroughly enjoyed the recent “Reading Is Fundamental” book distribution at the school which enabled them to each choose a book of their own to keep.
So as you can see, the students at Foster Park Elementary School really do understand the importance of books and reading, both in school and at home. It’s an understanding we should all have and act on like the students at FPES do by making reading books a part of our every day lives and, again like the students at FPES, using it to improve not only our reading skills but our lives as whole.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.