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W.L. SWAIN ELEMENTARY TAKES 1ST IN REGION AT HELEN RUFFIN READING BOWL

W. L. Swain Elementary School placed first in the Northwest Georgia Region Competition for the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl on Saturday, February 9 at Pickens County High School. 

The team will now advance to North Divisional Competition to be held on March 2 in Stone Mountain.  

PICTURED: Front row left to right: Alijah Harris, Emily Demain, Kenley Garland, Emma Smith, Isabella Smith; Back row left to right: Elizabeth Anderson, Kim Crider, Shana Cagle, Asher Lee, Anna Caroline Parker, Heleina Pate, Jack Jenkins, Sherri Wilson 
 
FROM THE UGA COLLEGE OF EDUCATION:

Several years ago, Mrs. Helen Ruffin, a library media specialist in DeKalb County, wanted to find a way to use the nominee books from the Georgia Children’s Book Awards to encourage her students to read. She therefore created a unique reading competition in game format, called the Reading Bowl, using the award nominees. Her vision was to have teams comprised of students from different schools compete to test their knowledge of the selected books.

Today, the Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl is open to students in grades four through twelve across the state. The winning teams from the Divisional Bowls meet at the Annual Conference on Children’s Literature in March for the State Championship of the Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl. For more information about the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl and how to get involved, click here.