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Sherwood Park, AB. — On March 5, approximately 70 students from Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) in grades 4 to 6 will go head-to-head in the third annual Battle of the Books competition at Glen Allan Elementary.

Since September, students from Brentwood Elementary, Fort Saskatchewan Christian, Fultonvale Elementary Junior High, Glen Allan Elementary, Mills Haven Elementary, Pine Street Elementary, Win Ferguson Elementary, Woodbridge Farms Elementary and Wye Elementary have been busy reading a wide range of novels and testing their knowledge for the opportunity to represent their school at this year’s Battle of the Books, a division-wide literacy competition.

“Battle of the Books is a great opportunity to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading,” says Jennifer Miles da Silva, one of the event co-ordinators and a Grade 4 teacher at Glen Allan Elementary. “Students read six novels carefully selected for each grade group featuring a wide range of genres, themes and authors. Then they discuss them and quiz each other on the contents.”

During this year’s Battle of the Books, students in each grade will compete as a team in three question-and-answer rounds. Each round will consist of 30 questions based on six selected books the students have been asked to read. Each team will have 20 seconds to answer the questions using the Battle Signs. At the end of the competition, the scores of all three rounds will be added together for an overall battle score. The team with the highest total will win the battle and take home the Battle of the Books Trophy

“This is the third annual Battle of the Books competition, and we are excited to have over 70 students from nine schools competing this year,” says Stephanie Gauchier, one of the event co-ordinators and a library technician at Glen Allan Elementary. “The Battle of the Books competition continues to build a sense of community within Elk Island Public Schools and is a true example of literacy in action.”

Representatives from the media, families and community are invited to join EIPS students at this year’s Battle of the Books competition. There will also be an opportunity to take photos and learn more about the program.

Event Details:
Date: March 5, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location: Glen Allan Elementary; 106 Georgian Way, Sherwood Park


NOTE: Principals have the responsibility to limit media coverage only to students approved for interviews. Reporters attending the event are requested to receive permission from a school EIPS representative before interviewing or photographing students. Thank you for your co-operation, and for joining us.

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For more information contact:
Stephanie Gauchier, co-ordinator, Glen Allan Elementary, 780-467-5519
Jennifer Miles da Silva, co-ordinator, Glen Allan Elementary, 780-467-5519
Laura McNabb, director, Communication Services, EIPS, 780-417-8204 cell 780-405-4902