Leaders are readers who act with kindness, say Bluejays with Books

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Bluejays with Books read "Each Kindness" to Perry Elementary School fourth graders FRiday.


About 25 Perry High School students gathered at the Perry Elementary School Friday at 1 p.m. for the second annual Bluejays with Books program, delivering the positive message that leaders are readers and kindness is cool.

The program is part of the PHS Student Activities Department Advisory Council’s effort to share the core values of the Bluejay Way by connecting high school exemplars with their elementary student admirers, according to veteran PHS Student Activities Director Tom Lipovac.

“In the process of interacting with elementary students, high school students reinforce core values and leadership principles,” Lipovac said.

The PHS students broke into five groups of four or five each and then fanned out to the fourth grade classrooms, where they read and discussed with the youngsters this year’s book, “Each Kindness,” with its theme of acting with character and kindness.

After questions and answers, the PHS Bluejays closed their sessions by singing the “Perry Fight Song.”

Perry Elementary School Principal Ned Menke and Emily Lane, a high school science teacher and student of educational administration who was visiting Friday from Humboldt Community School District, said they admired the PHS students for their engagement and leadership.

“Bluejays with Books is a good example of where Perry Pride starts,” Menke said.

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