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Teacher Inspires Students to Read Outside of the Classroom with Video

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Kim Gutchewsky, an English teacher at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, thought her students needed a reading pep talk. She thought they needed to see that real people, those who were out in their community, actually read books for enjoyment.

So this summer, she undertook the making of a video—one that would inspire her students to try to find books outside of class, books that they would love. Kim asked people to give their names, what they do for a living and then to talk about the book they were currently reading. She’s received great support from area businesses and media, including: the Ladue Schnucks, Barnes and Noble, KSDK anchors, the zoo, Ladue News, and more.

Ladue News heard of her endeavor, and Editor-in-chief Trish Muyco-Tobin wrote an editorial note applauding the effort.

Check out Kim’s video below!