Books to Boost

Jessica Lahey Winter Book Club 2022

We have an exciting new Community Book Project that has just been launched on Nantucket. From February 1st – March 11th 2022, the Harvey Foundation is hosting a community book club, that can bring our community together by fostering healthy discourse on how we can support one another. This opportunity is not to be missed!

Jessica Lahey speaks to parents, educators, school administrators, coaches, pastors, and community leaders about the science of learning, motivation, engagement, and substance abuse prevention, all in service to the belief that adults have the power to help kids become more autonomous, competent, connected and fulfilled. Her first book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed was a New York Times bestseller and has empowered so many to strengthen home-school partnerships, support kids as they learn from their mistakes, and forge stronger, more trusting relationships with children. Her second book, The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence is the culmination of Lahey’s experience as an alcoholic with over six years of recovery, the parent of two kids, and twenty years in the classroom teaching English, Latin, and writing in every grade from six to twelve, and five years spent teaching in an inpatient drug and alcohol rehab for adolescents.

This July we had the privilege of continuing our partnership with the Nantucket Community School’s Summer Boost Program.  This year we built up 50 bags of books, filled with preschool reading materials including some of our favorite titles.  The bags included bilingual books, workbooks to practice writing letters, numbers and shapes as well as flashcards and crayons.  These bags were delivered to the students enrolled on the Summer Boost Program through the Community School of Nantucket.  This program is designed for students who need a boost before entering school for the first time as a kindergartner.  The Harvey Foundation was able to provide these books for students to start building their libraries at home in helping to foster a love of reading at an early age. Stay tuned for more partnerships with the Community School in the future.