on January 30, 2015 at 4:20 PM, updated January 30, 2015 at 4:50 PM
I recently had the pleasure of being introduced to Mahsaan Wearing and Derrick Brockington, two Pennsylvania high school seniors who are anything but typical teens. During a visit to Mastery Charter School's Shoemaker Campus in West Philadelphia, a bipartisan delegation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives met the smart, polite, and enthusiastic pair, who are eagerly getting ready to enter college next year at Penn State and Millersville University.
Tarreau Simpson, 11, says he likes to read action and adventure stories, poems and haikus and sports stories. But don't try to dictate what he reads. “I like to have my own opinion,” says Tarreau of the North Side as he enjoys a reading group for youths at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Allegheny branch. Lavontae Sanders, 12, agrees. If pushed to read a book, “I wouldn't really read it,” the North Side resident says. Many children and adults agree with the results of a recent Scholastic Corp. study, which suggests that students in middle and high school who have time to read books they choose themselves are more likely to read frequently for pleasure. In the survey, 91 percent of kids ages 6 to 17 say they're more likely to read a book if they pick it out.
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