Every year, all 18 elementary schools in Davidson County Schools make the trek down to Denton Elementary to participate in the annual Battle of the Books competition. This year a special guest added a whole new dimension to the event.
After the traditional Pledge of Allegiance and opening greeting, students were told they were going to have a big surprise. Some clues were printed on the cover of the program. Some coaches were wearing overalls. They were also asked, "In which book did the father give his overalls to his oldest daughter when he went to go fight in WWII, because she was now 'the man of the house'?". All at once, many of the students gave the correct answer: "BLUE by Joyce Moyer Hostetter"
When the author stood up from the front row and turned around and waved, the crowd went absolutely wild. Mrs. Hostetter came on stage to greet the students and to invite them to the media center to visit with her and collect their very own signed copy of BLUE. Every team had 10 minutes to visit with the author, take pictures and ask questions in-between rounds.
Volunteer and retired teacher, Carolyn Jones, said, "It was so inspiring to see hundreds of kids insanely excited about a book and meeting the author who created it. And to see so many parents and grandparents so fully supportive of Battle of the Books! I was excited to be there!"
This year was really something special thanks to cooperation with the Curriculum Department, the Technology Department, the staff at Denton Elementary and our elementary media coordinators. Although the author visit was funded by the county office, each school library media coordinator secured funding to purchase each student a book.
27 rounds were played in both the gymnasium and the auditorium. Final scores were both close and impressive, but first year SLMC Carly Smith coached the winning team from Wallburg Elementary. Following a close second was Churchland Elementary and in third place was Friedberg Elementary.
Wallburg Elementary will go on to represent Davidson County and to compete against 17 other teams in the regional competition in Guilford County on May 8th.
For more photos, be sure to visit the Davidson County Schools website: www.davidson.k12.nc.us/apps/albums/school/0/194091?uREC_ID=0&backTitle=&backLink=
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