Reading

The Joy of Reading

The Joy of Reading

For the next few Friday mornings you will find me in a classroom at Marfa Elementary School, reading The Wind in the Willows aloud to a group of Mrs. Lujan’s second graders. I will be there because I am participating in a pilot project ginned up by Jenny Moore, the director of the Chinati Foundation, Oscar Aguero, the principal of Marfa Elementary, and Andy Peters, Marfa superintendent of schools, to introduce children from pre-kindergarten through the third grade to the joys of reading and to the wider world that books can bring them. Moore told me that she when she first proposed the program to Aguero and Peters, inspired by the few hours that she and some other parents spent reading aloud to their children’s pre-k classes at the Marfa Montessori School a few years ago, they thought 8 or 10 volunteers from the community might show up. At our first meeting with Ann Marie Nafziger, who is coordinating the program, and Adamina Morlock, the school’s literacy coach, 25 people crammed themselves into the child-sized chairs in the school library.