Summer Reading Inspiration – “Hidden Figures”
Summer reading assignments are an important part of every high school’s academic program. Research has shown that critical reading skills are key to effective oral and written communication. Both of these skills are the foundation for success in higher education and the career world. In addition to the educational value of good reading habits, reading opens a young woman’s mind to a wealth of ideas and knowledge that will be invaluable in life’s journey. We hope that our summer reading program is one way to encourage our students to read more, read purposefully, and read for enjoyment.
This year, our entire school community will read Hidden Figures, a nonfiction story about a group of African American female mathematicians who helped America send a man into space. Hidden Figures tells a little known yet fascinating part of American history. This school community read will allow for fruitful conversation surrounding racism, diverse female heroines, and courage in the face of “real-life” challenges and adversity.