Advocate Features Runnels Librarian in Back-to-School Section
An article in the 2018 Back-to-School section of the Baton Rouge Advocate published on July 12 features a touching interview with long-time Runnels Elementary Librarian Joni Orgeron, who retired in May after 25 years of service.
Written by Runnels fifth-grade reading teacher and professional feature writer Rachele Smith -- with photos by Runnels PR assistant Wendy Milam -- the article offers tried-and-true advice on ways to ignite a love of reading in children.
In addition to regularly reading to and with their children, Miss Joni recommends that parents do their own reading in front of the kids to show them that it's important. "Read anything," she said, "newspapers, magazines, books. Just read." She also proposes using graphic novels, composed mainly of pictures and captions, as a gateway to other books in other genres. "When kids are turning pages of a book, they will move on to other books."
Also quoted in the article is Runnels Head of School Marcia Mackay, who said she attributes her grown children's love of reading to Miss Joni, their librarian during their years at Runnels Elementary. “Joni instilled a love of reading in hundreds of our students through the years…. As librarian, she made it her goal to get to know every student and find out their personalities, so she could put that one book in their hands that would hook them on reading….”
The Advocate's Back-to-School section also features an interview with rising Runnels High School junior Rachel Hargrove on the value of creating and equipping a dedicated study space at home. The article, written by Colette Dean, the mother of three Runnels alumni, is entitled “Study Center Sets the Stage for a Successful School Year.”
Check out both articles by clicking on the links below.