Weekend Highlights

Published March 28, 2012
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Congrats to Global Reading Challenge Winners: Grand Ridge Elementary

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Congratulations to the "Lightning Readers" from Grand Ridge Elementary School, who won the Global Reading Challenge.

This year’s Global Reading Challenge, put on by the King County Library System, drew 1,900 4th and 5th graders from 53 schools throughout King County, but only one school took home the trophy on Friday, March 23: Issaquah’s Grand Ridge Elementary School. Congratulations to team “Lightning Readers” for all of their hard work. Congratulations also to Auburn's Lake View Elementary “Fictional Book Investigators . . . continued,” who earned silver medals; and the “Rock Star Readers” from Samantha Smith Elementary in Sammamish and “Funky, Chunky, Twinkie Panthers” from Parkside Elementary in Des Moines, who earned bronze medals.

The Global Reading Challenge engages young readers with a competitive, yet friendly, competition where students work together to answer questions about 10 children’s books, chosen by King County librarians. As top teams emerge, the district and regional rounds take place, culminating in the final challenge.

At the final event this year, guest author and Woodinville local David Patneaude spoke about his book, Thin Wood Walls, which deals with the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Patneaude’s book was one of those presented to the students as part of their 10-book challenge. Each team member was given a copy of Thin Wood Walls, which Patenaude autographed.

To learn more about the Global Reading Challenge, visit www.kcls.org/kids/whattoread/grc.cfm.


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