Bonus Episode - Dr. Jodi Grant Reads 'The Night Before Christmas'
I have had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Jodi Grant for the past four years. Jodi is a resident at Sherbrooke Community Centre, which is where I work, and her life has been full of challenges. However, one of her constant sources of joy has been reading stories out loud to students. At Sherbrooke, Jodi reads to grade six students as part of the iGen program. iGen, which is short for Intergeneration Program, is a unique partnership between Sherbrooke and the Saskatoon Public School Division. I have seen how much joy Jodi receives from reading to the students and how captivated those students are with Jodi's flare and grace for storytelling.I think reading out loud is a real art. A person can truly bring a story to life with their voice, their energy and understanding of the text. Jodi is a master storyteller and I am very grateful she said yes to my idea of having her read a Christmas story this year for the podcast.It has been a challenging year for Jodi in terms of reading out loud to this year's iGen class. Due to the pandemic, the class is not allowed in Sherbrooke. Instead, Jodi has used a microphone and portable speaker to read to the students through a fence at Sherbrooke when the weather was mild. She is now using Zoom to read to the students every day at 1pm to their classroom at Ecole College Park. It has been inspiring seeing her overcome the challenges posed by Covid-19 to continue reading to students.I also want to say thank you to my friend, Jodi's friend, and iGen lead teacher, Keri Albert for her support in making this episode happen! You're amazing, Keri!! I hope Jodi's reading brings you a bit of joy this holiday season. Listening to it again sure brought a smile to my face. Thank you so much for all of your support this past year and I really hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday season! See you in 2021...Eric