Schools that read together…

lefttotell2.jpgThis week, I’ve learned about two high schools that had adopted a book for everyone — including faculty and interested parents — to read.

Over the summer, Bishop O’Dowd students read Immaculée Ilibagiza’s “Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust.” The author, who spent months huddled in a bathroom, hidden by a Hutu pastor, is visiting the school tomorrow.

Holy Names High School chose “The Kite Runner,” by Khaled Hosseini.

The students at each school are discussing the literature in their classes and taking part in related projects.

Have other local schools done a similar “One Book, One Community” program? I’m writing a story about O’Dowd’s project, and I’d like to include other schools that have been reading together.

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.