He read in the hallway. Over his lunch hour. After school. He did it first as assistant principal at John Early Magnet School and then in the same role at East Nashville Magnet High School.
Curious, students would approach him. “What are you reading?” they’d ask. “Must be a good book.”
Pratt used their curiosity to explain how reading is the cornerstone of everything they did in school. If students dismissed books as boring, he asked what subjects they liked, explaining there was a book for everything they were interested in.
Some students eventually asked Pratt for recommendations.
“What I liked the most is how boys were curious about what I was reading,” he said. “It was like planting a seed.”