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Oregon Battle of the Books 2024

On Saturday, March 9th, Thurston High School was abuzz with excitement as it played host to the 2024 Regional Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) Elementary tournament. The event was a testament to the power of literacy in our community, bringing together 53 teams of third, fourth, and fifth-graders from across Lane County. Each team displayed remarkable dedication and hard work, showcasing their love for reading and knowledge of literature.

The tournament wouldn’t have been possible without the support of over 70 volunteers who selflessly dedicated their time and effort to ensure the event ran smoothly. SEF helped coordinate volunteers from various organizations such as Eugene Active 20-30 Club #920, Springfield Rotary Club 364, SELCO Community Credit Union, Springfield High Rotary Interact, Thurston High DECA, OCCU – Oregon Community Credit Union, the SEF Board, and many Springfield Public Schools staff members came together to make the day a success. Special thanks were extended to Brenda Hansen of The Hansen Insurance Agency Inc. for providing breakfast and lunch for the hard-working volunteers, highlighting the community’s unity in supporting its students.

Amidst the spirited competition, Buena Vista Elementary emerged victorious, claiming the title of 2024 Elementary Champions for OBOB Region 3. However, every participant was celebrated for their enthusiasm and dedication to literacy. The top-performing teams from Buena Vista Elementary, St. Paul, and Edgewood Elementary schools will advance to the state tournament in April, representing their schools and communities with pride.

SEF Program Coordinator, Ashley Mahlum, with student volunteers from THS DECA and SHS Rotary Interact.

Events like the Oregon Battle of the Books not only foster a love for reading among students but also promote camaraderie, teamwork, and sportsmanship. They highlight the importance of community involvement in education and the positive impact it can have on young minds. As we continue to celebrate the joy of reading and the spirit of friendly competition, let’s remember that in the world of literacy, every participant is a winner, and together, we can nurture a brighter future through the power of words.

Douglas Gardens Elementary's team
Sluggo, Christina, Ashley, and Evy
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