WCPS to hold 31st Annual Middle School Battle of the Books Competition
On Friday, March 10, dozens of Wayne County Public Schools’ students will test their reading skills in the district’s 31st annual Middle School Battle of the Books competition.
The Middle School Battle of the Books is a quiz bowl style competition that encourages reading. Contestants, who are in grades 6-8, must read 27 books chosen by a statewide committee, and the competition tests students’ comprehension of the books.
Recognizing that reading comprehension is a fundamental skill needed in every subject area across every grade level, administrators state that the Battle of the Books competition is an effective program for encouraging students to immerse themselves in reading.
“The students taking part in this year’s competition have spent several months preparing,” states Dr. David Lewis, Assistant Superintendent for Accountability/IT Services. “Under the guidance of their school’s media coordinator, teams have sharpened their reading comprehension skills through book discussions, quizzes and practice competitions.”
This year, 9 middle schools will participate: Dillard Middle, Eastern Wayne Middle, Grantham Middle, Greenwood Middle, Mount Olive Middle, Norwayne Middle, Rosewood Middle, Spring Creek Middle and Wayne School of Engineering.
The event will kick off at 9:00 a.m. at the H.V. Brown Center, located at 801 Poplar Street in Goldsboro. The competition itself will be held next to the H.V. Brown Center in the Neil A. Stitt Building. The public is invited to attend.