By Kelsey Martinez
On Sept. 8, book club began at Cactus Canyon Junior High. The club is directed by Lisa Smith, a seventh-grade language arts teacher.
The Raging Readers is open to anybody and everybody. Students don’t need a certain grade to be eligible to join. Anyone who is interested in reading and learning new things is welcome to be in the club. It meets every Thursday in room 217 from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. Students get the chance to meet other students who also share the love of reading.
The club is planning several field trips this year, which include camping at the zoo, science museums, Gold Field Ghost Town, and the Renaissance festival. Club members will be doing projects such as selling root beer floats in cafeteria during lunch to raise money for these trips.
“Yes, it is a fun club that I am happy to experience with my peers,” said eighth grader Case Smith, who was in the book club last year. “The trips are amazing and I always have a good time.”
Also on the schedule will be a the Battle of the Books on May 17.
In book club they are going to create an online Web page for books, participate in book blogs, and have a book exchange program in February to promote literacy on the campus.
“(The goal of the club is) to get kids to not only experience information in text but to also explore their community,” said Mrs. Smith. “Members are able to read new books and compete at the end of the year as a battle of wits so to speak.”