On Tuesday, December 20, Grade 5 at Plymouth South Middle School took part in a “Read with Malcolm” Skype session with New England Patriots’ rookie wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell.
Mitchell, who struggled as a reader his entire life, discussed the importance of reading and becoming a better reader. When Mitchell was injured in 2012, he realized he had to put more attention into his reading game. Mitchell recently wrote a children’s book called “The Magician’s Hat” and started the Share the Magic Foundation, a nonprofit organization that aims to promote the long-term benefits of reading and book ownership among students in Title I schools and underserved communities.
Grade 5 students were able to ask Mitchell questions during a 20-minute session. They asked him what his favorite book was and recommended the fantasy book “The Thief of Always.” Each fifth grade class received five copies of Mitchell’s book “The Magician’s Hat” to read and explore with the promise to spread the love of reading to younger students as reading ambassadors.
PSMS is the first New England school to participate in the “Read with Malcolm” Skype Session.