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The ribbon is cut for the North Bay student book club

The ribbon was cut for the book club with the help of Biloxi Mayor FoFo Gilich. (Photo source: WLOX) The ribbon was cut for the book club with the help of Biloxi Mayor FoFo Gilich. (Photo source: WLOX)
The club consists of 45 fourth and fifth grade students. (Photo source: WLOX) The club consists of 45 fourth and fifth grade students. (Photo source: WLOX)
For the first time, students at North Bay Elementary School in Biloxi have started their own book club. (Photo source: WLOX) For the first time, students at North Bay Elementary School in Biloxi have started their own book club. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

A new book club at North Bay Elementary School will help shape young minds and foster a continuing love of reading. It may seem old fashioned, but it's not.

Cagney Weaver is the guest teacher Tuesday. 

"Reading and books are essential in our world. We learn through words, we learn through one another," Weaver explained. "Our regional libraries and local libraries are important. We still have to go back to the paper and pencil."

Biloxi Mayor FoFo Gilich brought a special message to the book club. 

"Just remember, reading is important. What you read today, and what you learn today, what you learn every day is going to be important to you the rest of your life," the mayor told the children.

And these lives are just getting started, with books in hand.  Caleb Parks is a student. 

"I like that we get to read different books each time we come to the book club. We not just focusing on one book," Parks said.

The discussion continues, and it leaves an impression on student Hope Treutel.

"We learned the garden words and how the different colors of paper are assorted in so many ways."

Now most of the kids here at North Bay Elementary have all the latest technological tools. Most have their own cells phones, many of them have video games. But when it comes to books, when it comes to going back to a simpler time, these children really do get it, according to Weaver. 

"Just being subjected to books and to the beautiful stories that books can bring you and the imagination it can take you on, they definitely connect to it, absolutely."

And now these students own something else too, the love of a good book.

The book club will meet every month, with different guest teachers and speakers.

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