Elementary Students Compete in Battle of the Books

Posted on 04/09/2019
FHSD elementary students participate in Battle of the Books


On Friday, April 5, fourth and fifth grade students across the ten elementary schools in FHSD huddled around their team tables as they battled one another in a friendly but intense game of trivia. The event, which was hosted by Independence Elementary, gathered some of the top readers from each school to participate in this year’s “Battle of the Books.”

Independence students participate in Battle of the BooksThe students who participated in the competition read all twelve of the Mark Twain Readers Award books earlier this year, including Joan Bauer’s Soar and Ann E. Burg’s Unbound. The trivia competition tested their knowledge of the books and also encouraged an appreciation of reading. “I think it is an amazing opportunity to celebrate reading in this way,” said Independence Library Media Specialist Felicia Hinds-Thapa. “It’s really cool for them to see other students who also love reading. You have the opportunity to make new friends.”

Castlio students win first place at Battle of the BooksAfter seven rounds of trivia and over 80 questions, Castlio Elementary captured first place, followed by Central Elementary in second and Warren Elementary in third. Castlio student Jessica H. commented on her school’s victory. “I was really happy that we won! We were stressed and were wondering if we were going to win.” Though the trivia game was nerve-wracking at times and the students faced some hard questions along the way, they were excited to represent their schools in the competition. The delicious snacks that lined each table and the opportunity to hang out with other students were nice rewards for their hard work this year.

In fact, one Independence student, Avery P., couldn’t keep her nose out of a book even during her break time at the competition. When asked why reading is important to her, she replied, “It can give you a sense of what has happened in the past and what could happen in the future. It can take you to whole new worlds and help you deal with change and everything else.”

These adventurous and passionate readers are leading the way for other students in the District. In FHSD, reading really can be fun!

Student turns in answer sheet at Battle of the Books    Harvest Ridge students participate in Battle of the Books


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