Did you know that such a war could be waged? Well, the siege is over and the clear winners of the battle are the students of Pittston Consolidated School.
Over the last two weeks, I had the pleasure to judge the third annual Battle of the Books that pitted teams from the 4th and 5th grade classes at the school. Each team spent hours reading, dissecting, researching and pondering, 5 young adult titles. On the day of the competition, they were battle ready with styling hats and colorful tees.
The judges tried to be as prepared by reading the books and learning to arbitrate through any controversy. We read stories about the sinking of the Titanic, a biography of a real hero of the West, a poignant story of a very loyal dog, a fantastical yarn about an excellent pie maker and a colossal story of intrigue. Through 2 days of competition, the battles were tight and no clear winner emerged. As the final teams squared off, the room tensely braced for the action. Points flew back and forth and when the dust settled, The Book Burglars emerged victoriously!
At a time when our community scrambles to support the schools that educate our children and wonder about state “grades”, I am so proud to have been a part of this wonderful program that keeps kids reading and allows them the ability to soar with their imagination…way to go staff, students and teachers of Pittston Consolidated School!
Anne Davis, Director of Library and Information Services