Forty-one students from West and Central Elementary schools competed at the second annual North Polk Fourth Grade Battle of the Books at the Polk City Community Center on May 2.
Students read from a list of eight books early in the school year. The students who chose to participate in this competition were placed on three- or four-person teams and then began meeting during lunch in March to discuss the books with Mrs. Schwab. The day of the contest, family and friends came to support the teams as they earned points by answering questions about the books they’d read. After two rounds of questions, first place was awarded to the Radical Readers made up of Bailey Knights, Avery Frey, Autumn Tiedens and Ava Fosselman. Three teams tied for second place. Tim Maier, Jevin Sullivan and Sam Forde were on the Cy Hawks; Jack Noble, Daniel Pierre, Cale Engebretson and Coby Lundgren were on the Dibs Masters and Audrey Wessels, Bela Brookes, Josie Dresen and Riley Crowdis were on J.A.R. B.
Next year’s Battle of the Books lists for fifth- and sixth-grade will be released by Ames Public Library in June. Please contact Mrs. Schwab (firstname.lastname@example.org) this month to request an email of the list when it is released or stop by the Polk City Library to pick one up over the summer. Leslie Anstedt, Polk City librarian and Vivian Schwab, Extended Learning Program teacher, worked together to organize this event.