A Quiltwork of Reflections by Padua Students on Summer Reading
During what has been a tumultuous year for our local and global community, Padua’s Summer Reading Committee began to rethink how this program could contribute to the goal of ensuring our students, faculty and staff are more empathetic to the issues facing our sisters of color and how we can collectively work towards furthering diversity and inclusivity on Broom Street.
In early Spring of 2020, the committee selected “Piecing Me Together,” an award-winning teen novel by Renee Watson. Ms. Watson is a New York Times bestselling author, educator, and activist. Piecing Me Together (Bloomsbury, 2017) received a Coretta Scott King Award and Newbery Honor.
Piecing Me Together is the story of Jade, a young African American woman who attends private Catholic School on the other side of town, making her question why she’s always being told she needs to leave where she lives.
Jade learns to express sorrow and success throughout her artwork.The following pages of student reflections speak best to the impact this year's summer reading had on our students.