West Springfield High School Summer Reading (2014)
Q: What can teachers, parents, and educators do to instill a love of language in young people so that they appreciate the power of the word in a culture that is increasingly dominated by the visual?
A: Hand them a book, that's all. (from an interview with Ray Bradbury, 2003)
There is no single way to read well, though there is a prime reason why we should read. Information is endlessly available to us; where shall wisdom be found?
Summer reading at West Side is a decades-long tradition that reflects our commitment to books and lifelong learning. Therefore, we require that all students entering WSHS each year do summer reading. Why? Simply put, we love books. We believe that the habit of reading is of great value, and that knowledge and wisdom are developed over a lifetime, 365 days a year. Summer reading fosters: