Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 4:54 PM on Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Support helps inspire reading

Hats off to the Homer Emblem Club No. 350, Sons of the Legion Post No. 16, The Homer Foundation; Kachemak Bay Lions and Rotary Club of Homer-Downtown for supporting literacy in our schools each year through the Battle of the Books program. By donating these books to West Homer, and to each area school that participates in the program each year, these sponsors have helped hundreds of Homer area students improve their reading comprehension, speed, fluency and gain a true love for reading.

A national program, Battle of the Books serves all levels of participating readers from elementary through high school. At West Homer, students in grades 3-4 and 5-6 read a list of fiction and nonfiction books, such as mystery, historical fiction and science. They meet with volunteer teachers at lunch or after school to discuss facts in each book. Eventually, a team of three students represents each combined grade level to battle the facts with other area schools. Winners eventually square off at the state level.

Audio-conference equipment allows students to battle from their school sites. When we finish with the competitions, the books become part of our schools library collection, where they continue to be read by other students.

The above sponsors recognize that a child who can read well has the best chance for success in life. Children not only learn to understand written information, but they apply what they learn to new situations every day. Thank you, Linda Etzwiler and Fran McCampbell, for ordering and distributing, these important books for our schools.

This years West Homer Elementary 5-6 team placed second in the district and the 3-4 team placed first, which enables them to participate in the State Battle of the Books.

Shirlie Gribble (Grades 5-6), Lyn Maslow (Grades 3-4) and Lisa Whip (Librarian)

West Homer Elementary