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Horton hears a Who …. and more

book clubFor Amanda Wallace, her favorite resident-driven class to coordinate this year was the book club class. “The residents really enjoyed this class,” she shares, “and one of the coolest things about it was that the class came about because of Greg Rock. He played a big role in our doing this class.” The group met at Panera each week to read and then discuss what they had read. Greg was joined in the class by Greg Williams, Mary Sue Randolph, Mike Lewis, and Steve Shock. Melinda Moore assisted Amanda with the class, where Amanda says “she did a fantastic job!” The books they read and discussed were The Giving Tree, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Story of Ferdinand, Stellaluna and Horton Hears a Who. In addition to having the books to read, Amanda made a CD with all the stories being read aloud so that everyone could enjoy the stories. One of the best discussions followed the reading of The Story of Ferdinand. Members talked about bullying and standing up for yourself, including their own thoughts on being different and being picked on. After reading Stellaluna, they talked about appearances. Stellaluna is a bat who for a time lives with a family of birds that look very different from her. The members appreciated that they not only had the opportunity to read the books, but that they were encouraged to share their own opinions in an open and respectful way.