Fourth-grader Nabiil Ibrahim loves to read. That’s one reason why Nabiil came to mind when Gideon Pond Elementary School Principal Chris Bellmont was asked by the Minnesota Twins to nominate a student to be honored during a game on June 5.
The Twins honored students who embody attributes of literacy, courage and leadership. All three attributes apply to Nabiil, said Bellmont.
Teachers of selected students were also be honored that day. So Nabiil and his teacher, Janie Beeninga, were on the turf and on TV at Target Field along with other students and teachers being honored.
“Nabiil is the type of student who grabs a book to read the second he’s done with assigned work,” said Beeninga. “He inspires me with the amount he reads and he’s a wonderful role model for other students.”
His desk is often full of books. Generally, he’s got 10 books going at the same time.
“Nabiil challenges himself, and he’s open to suggestions for reading and is willing to try all kinds of books,” said Beeninga. “He reads fiction, non-fiction, comic books and all genres.”
Nabiil credits his mother with instilling a love of reading. “She would read books to me when I was little,” he said, “and she took me to the library.”
Beeninga asks all her students to read at least 40 minutes each day and to journal about what they’re reading. She enjoys the one-to-one reading conferences that she has on a regular basis with her students to discuss what they’re reading. She shares her love of books and reading with her students and suggests books they might enjoy.
“Reading is so important to all academic subjects, and to daily living,” said Beeninga. “Reading opens up so many doors in all aspects of life.