Morrill Elementary holds second annual Battle of the Books

Morrill Elementary holds second annual Battle of the Books
Posted on 03/29/2018

More than 20 students from Morrill Elementary School tested their literary knowledge during the school’s second annual Battle of the Books on March 28.

The students were divided into six teams and had to work together to answer questions about novels they had read.

The students began preparing for the tournament since January, reading a total of 20 Texas Bluebonnet Book Nominees.

Morrill ES Librarian Desiree Benavides said the event is a great opportunity for young readers to explore different genres and become lifelong readers.

“Students are exposed to a variety of books that they may not always want to read,” Benavides said. “We want to motivate them to continue reading in the future.”

Fifth grade students Viviana Jaimes, Victor Acuche, Gia Osorno and Clarissa Martinez, from Dual Language Teacher Erika Jaramillo’s class, won first place.

“We are very excited and proud of our students today, they have worked so hard,” Jaramillo said.

First, second and third place teams earned individual trophies, while fourth, fifth and sixth place teams received medals. All participating students also went home with a Battle of the Books spirit stick, free gift certificates and a free book.

The winning team will now go on and compete in the first annual District Battle of the Books, taking place on April 23 at McCollum HS.

“I got other librarians in the district involved this year, so I’m really excited about that, we’re going to have 10 schools participating,” Benavides said. “Hopefully, we can have a regional one in the future.”

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