A Passion For Reading - Mid-Pacific Institute

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A Passion For Reading

Posted on May 3, 2016

by Dr. Dwayne Priester on May 3, 2016

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." - Dr. Seuss

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Throughout the year, the middle school faculty regularly sets aside time to recognize the academic and athletic accomplishments of many of our students. As an educator, there is a sense of joy in watching the obviously visible appreciation on the faces of our students when they are acknowledged for their respective accomplishments - it's simply priceless. Over the years, I've also discovered the importance of honoring the students who quietly make an impact on the lives of others by sacrificing their time in service.

One student who is impacting our community is Sayler Busekrus. She has spent her afternoons, often before water polo practice, working with kindergartners by encouraging them to read. Her passion for the written word was something that she felt compelled to share with an emerging generation of learners. Sayler, who spends many of her off-hours designing and making old fashion bookmarks, had a desire to not only give them away, but to encourage reading among kindergarteners. This tenacious middle schooler took it upon herself to reach out to Dr. Hussey, our elementary school principal and ask if she could volunteer her time to encouraging students to read.

Proudly, I was fortunate to spend time observing Sayler as she patiently worked with the kindergartners who excitedly jumped at the opportunity to take their turn reading. Although managing their often unbridled energy was sometimes challenging, it became clear that Sayler's infectious love for kids and reading enabled her to remain gracious. As Sayler's principal, I walked away impressed with her selflessness. With utmost confidence, I believe that the joy of reading is being passed on to another generation of learners. I can still hear Sayler's closing statement to her students - "go home and read to your parents."