LAPS Announces Second Session Of Healthy Schools Initiative Community Book Read

LAPS News:
The LAPS Healthy Schools Initiative invites parents, teachers, and community members to join the second session of our Community Book Read sponsored by 100+ Women Who Care, the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation, and Zia Credit Union.
The first session was held last Spring and provided a welcomed venue for exchanging ideas and building mutual support. More than fifty people participated and the response was overwhelmingly positive.
An LAPS parent offered this feedback, “I really enjoyed these conversations. I’ve been doing things at home differently, like looking for opportunities for real growth, letting my kids answer more of their own questions and figure things out.” Another participant responded, “Thank you again for organizing such a wonderful and enriching program. It was fun!”
This session’s selection is the acclaimed book Grit: the Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth. Duckworth, a psychologist and academic at the University of Pennsylvania, encourages readers to look past a focus on ability and talent and recognize the importance of grit as an important element of success. She offers background research and tips for helping develop grit in all areas: school, athletics, work, and life. This book has received a lot of attention in the last year and is sure to inspire lively discussion.
From the book description: “Drawing on her own powerful story as the daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of “genius,” Duckworth, now a celebrated researcher and professor, describes her early eye-opening stints in teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not “genius” but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance.”
A free copy of the book will be provided to the first fifty people who sign up. Participants are expected to read along with the group, attend three community discussion gatherings, and are invited to pass the book on to another community member when they have finished it.
Book discussions will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday evenings (Oct. 5, 19 and November 2) at the Los Alamos High School library and will be facilitated by LAPS staff and community members. Light food and refreshments will be provided.
The Healthy Schools Initiative is dedicated to supporting staff and student well-being through school-based programs, professional support, and community outreach and engagement.
Contact LAPS’ Healthy Schools Initiative Director Kristine Coblentz at or 663.2263 to sign up.