Suffolk students place in book battle

Published 10:26 pm Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Fifth-graders at Creekside and Hillpoint elementary schools competed against Chesapeake and Portsmouth schools and placed in the final competition for this year’s Southside Battle of the Books. The competition took place on March 2 at the Children’s Museum of Virginia In Portsmouth.

Creekside Elementary School placed third out of six schools, while Hillpoint Elementary School placed fifth, according to the press release.

“This year’s competition was extremely competitive within Suffolk, and against Chesapeake and Portsmouth,” Suffolk Public Library Youth and Family Services Manager Jennifer Brown stated in the press release. “All students who competed, who took the time to study, practice, read, and re-read all 10 books should be extremely proud of what they have accomplished this year.”

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Creekside Elementary fifth-grade teacher Molly Landon and parent volunteer Heather Cameron led the school’s team and cheered them on as they battled it out at the final competition.

“The students were committed to working hard and doing their best from October through March,” Landon stated in the press release. “It was a joy watching them earn a first-place finish at the semifinal round and becoming the first Creekside team to advance to the Regional level.

“I would like to thank the students for allowing me to be a part of their success, and also thank my parent volunteer, Heather Cameron, for all her hard work with the students as well.”

Jocelyn McCloud, library media specialist at Hillpoint Elementary School, said it was a “great experience” for her students. She also expressed gratitude to everyone that supported the team, their competitors and Suffolk Public Library staff.

“The Hillpoint (Battle of the Books) members worked over countless lunches and recesses,” McCloud stated. “They were kind and cooperative supporters of our team. I cannot imagine working with a better group or co-coach like Mrs. Scheer. I also want to give a big shout-out to all the other schools for being formidable competitors.

“Thank you for the awesome ladies at Suffolk Public Library for supporting and encouraging this venture.”

Battle of the Books promotes reading and introduces new literature to fifth-graders. Competitions take place each February and are followed by a final competition. Teams are encouraged to read and answer questions based upon selected titles during these competitions.

Winning teams at each preliminary event advance to the finale and have a chance to win prizes, including a trophy for their school and bragging rights.

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