Hackley Hosts First K-12 Community Reads Program

On Oct. 20, we welcomed to the Hilltop Jason Reynolds (New York Times No. 1 Best Selling Author) and Jason Griffin (renowned illustrator) of Ain’t Burned All the Bright for a book signing, a morning visit to the Lower School, and two book discussions—first with students in the Johnson Center, then with families in Allen Memorial Hall.

Their incredible visit is part of Hackley’s first K-12 Community Reads Program, which affords us the opportunity to build empathy through storytelling. In this beautifully illustrated text, “Ain’t Burned All the Bright” tells a story in three parts of a young boy living in the United States and facing the many challenges of climate change, the effects of COVID-19, and racial injustice. While the book addresses the lived reality of so many of our young adults these past few years, it also offers a message of hope and empowerment.

Please join us in thanking Jason and Jason for this inspiring and memorable visit.