Reading shouldn't be a chore and done only as a homework assignment.
"Reading isn't something we should do just because we have to do it. It can be fun," said Nikhil Thumar, a seventh-grader at William Allen Middle School.
Nikihil isn't alone in his feelings on the subject.
For the last three years, the 13-year-old has teamed with his older brother Kyle, 15, and Cameron Pendino, 15, to help run the nonprofit organization, SJ Boys Read.
The teenagers started the organization after learning that more and more young boys aren't really that thrilled about reading.
"Our goal is to mentor young boys and show the value of reading by selecting a book title and holding events featuring discussion questions, games and prizes," Cameron said.
And what started as a few boys gathered at a local bookstore has grown into an organization that draws dozens of boys to books and brings in authors, professional athletes and others to talk about the value of the written word.
"It gives the guys a chance to meet the authors and talk to them about their books," Kyle said of the special appearances.
And if it brings more boys out to learn about the joys of reading then the boys believe it's worth the effort.
"Reading is really important," Kyle said. "It's a life skill. Even when you're older reading teaches you a lot of life lessons."
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