Once again, this year’s Reading Olympics Tournament was one of my favorite days of the school year.
Reading Olympics is part of our division’s commitment to enrichment services for students. The program challenges teams of fourth and fifth grade students to read, comprehend, and recall more than thirty high quality children’s literature titles throughout the course of several months leading up to the spring competition. Our dedicated teachers and generous parent volunteers make the experience possible for our students through ongoing coaching, support, and coordination of the culminating event.
Special thanks go out to Byrd Elementary School, specifically Mrs. Glenda Hawk, for hosting this year’s tournament. (They did so as part of the hosting tradition associated with winning last year’s capstone competition.)
What made this event a true highlight for me, both last year and this year, is the impressive way our students respond to every aspect of the day’s events. I witnessed exceptional talent (both individual and team), noteworthy sportsmanship, respect for others, hard work and effort, consistent teamwork, gracious humility, and youthful excitement. Our fourth and fifth grade Reading Olympians represented themselves, their families, and our entire school-community with grace, class, and skill.
We should all be incredibly proud.
I sure am.
Please click the image below to see a brief window into the day’s culminating recognition ceremony.
Congratulations to Randolph Elementary School’s AR STARS for taking first place in this year’s tournament! (Looks like RES will be hosting in 2014.)