Book Warrior Advocates Reading Mastery (A Reading Book Club)
Chery Rose A. Baustista-Salcedo, SHS Reading Coordinator/Club Moderator

In light of the National Literature Month 2022, anchored on the Schools Division reading advocacy, “Reading to the Roots” and under the implementation of the 3Bs “Bawat Bata Bumabasa” as per DepEd Memorandum No. 173, s. 2019 and Regional Memorandum No. 289, s. 2021, reiterated through Schools Division Memorandum No. 327, s. 2021, Subic National High School Senior High School launched a club called “Book WARM— Book Warrior – Advocates of Reading Mastery”— A Reading & Book Club last April 27, 2022.

There are some learners who are fond of reading. On the other hand, there are also learners who have difficulties with reading comprehension or other reading-related tasks, as well as literary activities. Thus, a formation of a book club in school would be relevant to addressing the needs of learners whose interests are aligned with reading and literary activities. Also, the club would be a great help in developing the literacy skills of the struggling readers.

For the first year of Book WARM as a club, there were only 10 members among Grade 12 limited face-to-face learners who joined and participated in the club activities for the last quarter of S.Y. 2021–2022.

The following school year, the club moderator has decided to expand the scope of the target beneficiaries of Book WARM. The club now aims to build a community among the learners, faculty, alumni, and stakeholders that would support the interest of book lovers in continuing their passion for reading. In addition, the club also seeks to encourage slow and struggling readers to develop their reading skills through reading for pleasure.

An innovation in the form of a reading program and club activities was crafted for remediation to accommodate the needs of the slow-and-struggling readers as well as the reading enthusiasts. The members of Book WARM meet every last Thursday of each month for the club session and activities.

At present, in the second year of the club’s existence, there are 51 members in total (32 students, 9 faculty, 4 alumni, and 6 stakeholders), and the number is still growing.