Marist School's Summer Reading Program Features Books Focused on Anti-racism
Marist School recently announced the book selections for the 2020-2021 “On the Same Page” summer reading program.
Foundations students (7th and 8th grade students) will read “Stamped: Racism, Anti-racism and You” by Jason Reynolds and Ibram Kendi. Rising 9th through 12th graders will read the Young Adult edition of “Just Mercy,” based on Bryan Stevenson’s award-winning book by the same name. Alumni also are invited to participate in the summer reading program and will read and discuss “Just Mercy” (Adult version) in virtual gatherings that will take place this fall.
In a letter to parents about the summer reading program, Marist School Principal Mr. Kevin Mullally and Academic Dean Mrs. Janet Claussen talked about the process of selecting the books and how the choices became clear after the killing of George Floyd. They said, “…our nation now faces an historically critical moment, and our school is most certainly at that same crossroads. As a school, we have a clarity and conviction about the community we will be, and these choices of summer reading books represent that. Through these books, we at Marist have an opportunity to do what we do best: educate and form our students, and ourselves, in the person of Jesus Christ.”
As Marist School President Fr. Bill Rowland said in his letter to the community earlier this month, “…what we are witnessing on a national scale is a reminder of the importance of our continued efforts to establish a school culture that is unambiguously opposed to any expressions of racism and bigotry on our campus. We are working to change policy and practice, curriculum (including our upcoming summer reading), faculty and staff development, and student programming.”
Introduced in 2019, the “On the Same Page” program brings together the entire Marist community to focus on a common reading experience, and then to participate in larger discussions when school resumes in the fall. Find more information here about the summer reading program and book selections.
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