Reading Rocks for Opportunity Enterprises book club

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Enhances reading skills, focus, concentration and social skills

In 2007 the city of Valparaiso was reading the book, “Touching Spirit Bear,” through its Valpo Reads a Book Program.  Staff members at Opportunity Enterprises (OE) decided that OE clients would enjoy reading the book as well and selected a group of clients to read the book as a group under the leadership of a staff member. 

In the spring of 2007 when the book’s online india . purchase discount medication. dapoxetine is used as a treatment for premature ejaculation. generic dapoxetine. author Ben Mikaelsen visited Valparaiso for a series of book discussions throughout the community, he also visited OE for lunch with the clients and staff who had read the book.  OE clients enjoyed the experience so much, the agency decided to select another book and continue reading together, and the first book club was formed.

The book club program at OE has grown to include six different groups of clients, each led by an OE staff member. Four of the groups include individuals who can read at save money on prescription drugs. buy uk . dapoxetine is used as a treatment for premature ejaculation. dapoxetine buy india! a variety of skill levels.  One group is a “Listening Library” for non-readers, where participants follow along in their book while the group leader reads to them.  In total, over 40 OE clients participate in book clubs.

OE’s book clubs meet weekly throughout the year, and gather at a variety of locations.  Some meet at OE while others meet at local coffee shops around Valparaiso.  Sometimes during order fluoxetine online no prescription order fluoxetine online uk northstar rx llc fluoxetine carried in shaws pharmacy buy 10 mg fluoxetine nice weather the groups even meet outside at one of the local parks.

Participants in each group work together to select the books they read.  Some of the books which have been read recently include “Marley and Me,” “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief,” “Soul Surfer” and “Twilight”.  Book clubs celebrate the end of each book by watching the movie based on the buy zoloft 50mg buy zoloft online usa book.

In addition to enhancing reading skills, book clubs are beneficial to clients because they encourage concentration and focus, improve social skills, and allow participants to use higher-level thinking skills as they discuss the books and apply them to their own lives.  Book clubs also help participants increase their vocabulary as they encounter unfamiliar words in their books and their leaders explain them, sometimes even looking the words up on-line as they read.

One of the groups which meets on Thursday each week includes OE clients Carrie, Rachel, Jessica and Candace.  They are currently reading ”Soul Surfer,” the story of surfer Bethany Hamilton who lost her arm to a shark attack while surfing at the age of thirteen.

“Soul Surfer is my favorite book so far,” said Candace.  Rachel agrees, saying that “Soul Surfer is a strong testimony of Bethany’s faith.”  She also enjoyed the book because it’s about someone with a disability.

Jessica shared that she admired the way Bethany handled her injury because “she didn’t focus on herself, but started teaching little kids how to surf even though they were scared.”  Carrie also likes the book, saying “I like Bethany – she’s awesome and funny!”

The Friday Book Club, which includes Wayne, Melissa, Stephanie, and Rob, just finished “The Lightning Thief” and has now started “The Hunger Games,” which Stephanie suggested they read.  Members of the group enjoy reading together, but how to , without prescription, find zyban discount order zyban today >> click here << without a … also read an eclectic selection of books on their own.

Wayne enjoys the Goosebumps series and a variety of magazines, while Melissa likes reading the Dork Diaries because “they’re so funny.”  Rob says that comics like Garfield and The Far Side are his favorite, and in addition to “The Hunger Games” Stephanie loved reading “Twilight” and wants to read more about vampires.

Donations are welcome to help cover the costs of purchasing books and supplies for book club participants.  Contact Curriculum Manager Marie Kubina at 219-464-9621, ext. 305, or for more information.  For more information, visit .

OE Book Club participants and their leaders

OE Book Club participant Rachel (right) helps Candace (left) read an excerpt from Soul Surfer.

OE Book Club participants Rob (front), Melissa (left), and Stephanie (right) listen as Wayne (back) reads “The Lightning Thief”.

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