Not every child is a born athlete, but that doesn’t mean that every child can’t participate in sport. This is why one of the goals behind the province-wide program, the Reading Link Challenge, is to get Grade 4 and 5 students engaged in the ‘sport of reading.’
The program, a partnership between the Ministry of Education and the Libraries and Literacy Branch, urges students to read outside of academic hours, and encourages information retention.
In teams of six, children read a group of six pre-selected books. At first, teams within a school compete while answering questions about character, plot, and settings. The winning team from each school then goes on to the next level, and then finally to the Grand Challenge, where winning teams from different library systems across the province come together for a competition.
On Tuesday, April 16, teams from across the Fraser-Cascade School District gathered in the Coquihalla Elementary School gym and participated in an exciting three rounds of questions about the following group of books: A Boy Called Bat; Stella by Starlight; Howard Wallace, P.I.; Ungifted; The World According to Humphrey; The Land of Forgotten Girls.
And after 90 minutes of gruelling competition, the Silver Creek Bibliophile Bookworms came out as the leaders of the pack, winning the local Challenge, and given the honour of progressing to the next stage, which will happen sometime within the next month.
For more information about the Reading Link Challenge, please visit ReadingLinkChallenge.ca.