A teacher in Texas isn’t about to let her students go a whole week without access to books, so she has started the “Hurricane Harvey Book Club” on Facebook.
Kathryn Butler Mills, of Columbus, Texas, posted a Facebook video to her class that is quickly gaining attention across the country. Columbus was under a voluntary evacuation order and school was called off for the week.
“Good afternoon, sweet peeps!” Mills said cheerily to her second-graders on the Hurricane Harvey Book Club page, going on to ask her students to post videos of them reading and to comment on what others read.
More than 300 have responded with videos of children and adults reading children’s books to Mills’ second-graders.
Posted Aug. 27, the day her town was put under a voluntary evacuation order, Mills mentioned seeing her students’ pictures of them huddled in stairways and closets.
“My thought was we could start a book club on this page,” she said, in part so others “could see us rock reading” but also to keep little minds occupied.
“The response has been amazing and we are all just so in awe over the outpouring of love into our community and surrounding communities,” she said in a later message. The page has more than 9,000 members.
“Stay dry, stay safe, and stay inside,” Mills says in the video.