Jenni Clay, the WES reading coach, received donations from the community and started the WES Comic Book Club. Ms. Clay said, “It is important for kids to read but sometimes hard to engage them in reading for fun. Comic books are a great way to interest them in reading.”
Girls and boys meet once a week on different days. During club time, the members learn about the parts of a comic book, the difference between comics and graphic novels, the many careers involved with comics, and what qualities make heroes and warriors.
Ms. Clay said, “These students will leave this club with a love for this genre, a joy for reading, increased self-esteem, and confidence in themselves. “
The issue with new ideas in education, however, is always funding. The WES Comic Book Club received support from the community to get the club started. At this time, members receive comic books and graphic novels to read and journals to write in, all at no cost. As there is a waiting list, the school hopes to pursue more funding in order to be able to open the club up to more members.
If you would like to know more about the club or to provide donations to help students on the waiting list, please contact Jenni Clay at Westminster Elementary School.