Story last updated at 3:26 p.m. Thursday, May 16, 2002

Armed for book battle
Dear Editor,

McNeil Canyon Elementary School would like to thank the Emblem Club Literacy Committee of Homer for their generous monetary donation to purchase our Battle of the Books selections for next year's teams. The Battle of the Books is a statewide Alaska reading motivation and competitive program sponsored by the Alaska Association of School Librarians. The goals of the program are to "encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, broaden reading interests, increase reading comprehension and promote academic excellence." In the past, the third/fourth- and fifth/sixth-grade teams have read the required books, discussed and quizzed each other on the contents and competed with other district and state teams.

Thank you for helping us purchase these books.

Sharon Conley, coach

McNeil Canyon Battle of the Books teams

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