LOCKHART — When human beings developed reading — and the accompanying discipline of writing — it marked a great leap forward in the development of the human race and so those that master that discipline through practicing it on a regular basis should be honored for doing so.
That’s just what happened recently at Lockhart Elementary/Middle School where some students were honored for successfully completing programs designed to encourage students to read outside the classroom.
In a statement released this week, the school announced that the following students were recognized for their achievements in reading during the 1st Quarter Awards Day:
• Gavin Beck
• Christain Beck
• Wyatt Blackmon
• Layla Jeter
• Karrah Miller
• Kolton Miller
• Jesse Rice
• Bryson Rhinehart
• Damian Collins
• Brooke Miller
• Kansas Miller
The press release states that the students won the award for either spending 100 hours reading or participating in the summer reading program at the Union County Carnegie Library.
Together with writing and mathematics, reading is the most fundamental of disciplines to mastered by a student because it is the basis of all formal and even informal learning. Without those disciplines a person is unable to understand and use the knowledge handed down by the human race since they were developed and is therefore unable to truly flower intellectually and use their minds to the fullest extent possible.
So therefore it is more than appropriate that we should honor our children for their mastery of the discipline of reading and the other basic disciplines of learning. When we do so we encourage them to continue to grow and develop as human beings and build a better life for themselves and make the world a better place for everyone.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.