Read­ing Bowl

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Newton High School will host the sixth an­nual Newton County He­len Ruf­fin Read­ing Bowl Satur­day, Jan. 25.

Par­ents, teach­ers, and com­mu­ni­tyres­i­dents are in­vited to at­tend the sixth an­nual Newton County He­len Ruf­fin Read­ing Bowl at 9 a.m. Satur­day, Jan. 25, at Newton High School, 1 Ram Way. Twenty-two schools from the county will com­pete.

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion from the DeKalb County School Sys­tem, He­len Ruf­fin, a li­brary me­dia spe­cial­ist at Sky Haven Ele­men­tary School in DeKalb, served on the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee for the Ge­or­gia Chil­dren’s Book Award nom­i­nee pro­gram in 1985. The lit­er­a­ture pro­gram, which be­gan in the Depart­ment of Lan­guage Ed­u­ca­tion at the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia’s Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion, in­spired her to use the nom­i­nated books to en­cour­age her stu­dents to read.

Ruf­fin cre­ated a unique read­ing com­pe­ti­tion in game for­mat us­ing the award nom­i­nees, call­ing it the Read­ing Bowl. Her vi­sion was to have teams of stu­dents from dif­fer­ent schools com­pete to test their knowl­edge of the se­lected books.

To­day, the Ge­or­gia He­len Ruf­fin Read­ing Bowl is open to stu­dents in grades 4-12 across the state. The com­pe­ti­tion takes place on a Satur­day morn­ing in late win­ter.

This year’s com­pe­ti­tion will mark the 15th an­nual coun­ty­wide com­pe­ti­tion.

A re­lease from the Newton County School Sys­tem said coaches and team mem­bers have put in hours of read­ing and prac­tic­ing in prepa­ra­tion for the event.

Team mem­bers are re­quired to read books from the Ge­or­gia Chil­dren’s Book Award nom­i­nees (ele­men­tary and mid­dle schools) or the Ge­or­gia Peach Book Award nomi- nees (high school).

The first- and sec­ond­place teams in each of the lev­els – ele­men­tary, mid­dle, and high – will go on to the divi­sional level at Clay­ton State Univer­sity in Fe­bru­ary.

Win­ners from the divi­sional level may progress to re­gional and state com­pe­ti­tions.

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