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Story last updated at 6:39 PM on Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Rotary supports Battle of Books

West Homer Elementary would like to extend a thank you to the Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary Club as one of the participants that makes it possible for the Battle of the Books program to continue in our school.

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 Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary Club recognizes 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.

Shirlie Gribble (Grades 5-6)

Lyn Maslow (Grades 3-4)

Lisa Whip (Librarian)

West Homer Elementary