For the Love of Reading
Theresa Gonzalez, Food Service Manager shares her love of reading with students while overseeing the preparation of breakfast and lunch at Hollywood Elementary School.
In the corner of her office sits a cardboard box of children’s books- ready for any child that would like to take one or two home. Ms. Gonzalez indicated that there is no system for “checking in and out” books. The children just know they can come to her office and ask for a book to take home. “It doesn’t matter if they bring the book back or not”, Gonzalez stated. “Every child deserves the chance to love to read and this is just a small way that I can reinforce reading.”
Ms. Gonzalez said the idea came to her when she noticed some children did not purchase books at the book fair- whether by choice or not having the money. Most of her small collection of recycled books has come from donations from family, friends, and organizations. She currently has around 30 students who routinely borrow from her “box of books”.
Along with sharing her love of reading, she uses this time to incorporate social skills, character education, and good manners. “These children are our future. As adults, we have an obligation to serve as good role models in everything that we do. If I can leave a positive impression on just one child- then I know I have done a good job,” Ms. Gonzalez stated.