The Kids Are Alright: Scotts Ridge and Rogers Park Pilot Book Talk Program – HamletHub – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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“We all just started talking,” says Scotts Ridge eighth-grader, Kieran of her new friend, Bella, a seventh-grader from Rogers Park Middle School in Danbury. “I think the conversation started with movies. I love her style.”

Bella agrees, “We vibed really well. She seemed like a happy person.” The students are part of a yearlong conversation between SRMS and RPMS about the book Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson. Last Friday, students and staff connected at SRMS for their first in-person meeting after several virtual Google Meet conversations. 

“Students started out a little shy,” reports SRMS Librarian Janine Johnson, who initiated this program along with Principal Tim Salem, who previously taught in Danbury

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