The Springfield Education Foundation is a proud supporter of the Battle of the Books. About 1,600 students from 3rd to 12 grade annually participate in this district-wide literacy project. Our funds go toward the cost of books, competition fees, and other supplies. This year, SEF board members volunteered to host the regional elementary school competition at Thurston High School. And, Kendall Subaru helped sponsor the exciting event.
Battle of the Books is a program that aims to encourage and motivate students to read while also promoting academic excellence and teamwork, broadening reading interests, and increasing reading competition.
How it works: A series of 16 books are selected for each division by state tournament organizers. The books are purchased by participating school libraries, usually via grant funds, and made available to students.
In the fall, students form teams of 4, each with its own coach. Students read the books, discuss them, quiz each other on the contents, then compete to correctly answer questions about the books in a quiz show-like format.
Teams will compete for the opportunity to be their school’s representative at the district tournament in the spring. Students in grades 3-5 compete in one tournament, grades 6-8 in another, and grades 9-12 compete at another level.
Check out the district’s Battle of the Books web page for further information.