Students from five Clover Park Middle Schools “battled” at Lakewood Library on March 24 for bragging rights from this year’s Battle of the Books.
No, they weren’t tossing books around. Contrary to all too many negative reports about the decline of reading, Clover Park School students actually are Reading. Their efforts paid off this past Monday.
Mann Middle School’s team took top honors in this year’s Battle.
When that announcement was made, Mamie Jackson, Mann’s Sixth Grade teacher, burst into tears of happiness. She definitely was delighted with that News. It’s difficult not to get caught up in the excitement. Especially when the students are cited for Reading.
It (reading) does matter, Jackson stressed.
Teams (wearing an assortment of logo-enhanced T-shirts: Red, Blue, White, etc.) from Harrison Prep, Woodbrook, Hudtloff, and Lochburn also participated that afternoon.
After an intense hour-long session, filled with detailed questions culled from each of the 16 books that students were required to read, questions were asked, and final scores were tallied. Then the winner was announced.
Included among the books read for this meeting were titles such as “Zombie” and “Steampunk.”
The Book Battle program has been underway for about eight years; according to Harrison Prep librarian Sara Hippert. It’s been three years since the Middle School program started.
A combined Book Battle, pitting Lakes, Clover Park and Steilacoom High Schools, is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15 at the Lakewood Library. The competition book list can be found on the Clover Park High School website.
So…what are you reading?