Book­mark con­test pre­pares stu­dents for sum­mer read­ing

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A re­cent con­test at Arch­bishop Neale School en­cour­aged stu­dents in pre-kin­der­garten through grade 5 to use their artis­tic abil­ity to in­spire their peers to read this sum­mer, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease.

For the in­au­gu­ral Sum­mer Read­ing Book­mark Con­test, stu­dents were asked to sub­mit en­tries for a chance to win gift cer­tifi­cates for the an­nual Scholas­tic Buy-One-Get-OneFree Book Fair. Ad­di­tion­ally, the winning en­tries would be re­pro­duced and sent home with each stu­dent’s fi­nal re­port card. The 44 stu­dents who par­tic­i­pated were in­structed to make their sum­mer read­ing themed book­marks us­ing paper, crayons, paint, mark­ers, col­ored pen­cils and cre­ativ­ity.

The con­test was di­vided into two cat­e­gories with one win­ner and one run­ner up from each cat­e­gory. The pri­mary grade win­ner was Taylor Holt (first grade), and the run­ner up was Sa­van­nah Mur­phy (sec­ond grade). In the in­ter­me­di­ate cat­e­gory, fourth-grader Claire Hamil­ton was the win­ner and fifth-grader Chloe Bautista was the run­ner up.

Hamil­ton said she felt “...hap- py and proud of my artwork. Ev­ery­one in my class cheered for me, which left me speech­less.”

“I par­tic­i­pated in the con­test be­cause I liked the con­cept of sum­mer read­ing as the theme. As soon as I heard that, I had a pic­ture in my head of what [my] book­mark was go­ing to look like…It’s pretty cool know­ing that some stu­dents will have my book­mark,” Bautista said.

“The judges for this con­test had a tough task,” said Traci Ren­ner, the school’s li­brar­ian and con­test co­or­di­na­tor. “All of the stu­dents who par­tic­i­pated should be proud of their ef­forts.” Ren­ner said the con­test will con­tinue next year.

Claire Hamil­ton, Chloe Bautista, Taylor Holt and Sa­van­nah Mur­phy show off their winning book­mark en­tries. The stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in the art con­test at Arch­bishop Neale School to pre­pare for sum­mer read­ing.


Arch­bishop Neale School stu­dents de­signed book­marks to pre­pare for their sum­mer read­ing.

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