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CHS students to read 'Outcasts United' over summer

Monday, May 8, 2017
 CHS students to read 'Outcasts United' over summer

Centerville High School students will participate in a community read in preparation for next school year.

Over the summer, ninth through 12th grade students are required to read the non-fiction book, Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town by Warren St. John (adapted version). Several copies of the book are available through the Washington-Centerville Public Library, and the library staff also is prepared to help students order books from other libraries. Students who prefer their own copies may buy them new or used, or they can order e-reader or audio versions of the book. Students are encouraged to note important themes and personal connections to the text.

“We believe that the summer read offers our students and teachers an opportunity to begin the school year with a common dialogue,” said Scott Knupp, chair of the CHS English Department. “The fact that all of our students in grades 9-12 are reading the same book provides an opportunity for the entire school to engage in a conversation about the experience.”

This is the second year CHS has participated in a community read, and Knupp said all students should begin the 2017-18 school year prepared to participate in discussions and assignments connected to the text.

CHS is partnering with the Washington-Centerville Public Library’s community read, so parents are encouraged to read along with their children. The summer reading is designed not only to maintain skills during vacation, but also to foster the enjoyment of reading as a leisure activity. Knupp said the hope is to inspire all students to become lifelong readers.

Centerville City Schools serve more than 8,100 students in Centerville and Washington Township in southwest Ohio, offering a variety of educational programs to a diverse student population. The district operates 13 school buildings, as well as two preschools and a bus facility accommodating and servicing more than 100 buses. Visit www.centerville.k12.oh.us for more information.

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