Hundreds of Students to Compete in 'Battle of the Books'


Contact:  Tammy Dodderidge, Communications Manager, (913) 279-2225

It will be one massive book club gathering! On Saturday, November 9, approximately 400 students will gather to spend the morning taking part in friendly competitions about books!

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools will host its 2nd annual Battle of the Books competition beginning at 9 a.m. at F.L. Schlagle High School and the KCKPS Central Office and Training Center. Battle of the Books is a voluntary incentive reading program for students in grades 4-12. Students read books from a selected list and come together to demonstrate their abilities and test their knowledge of the books they have completed through a series of competitions.

Groups of 8 to 10 students from all of the district's elementary, middle and high schools will take part. The groups have been working with a "coach" at their schools, preparing for the competition by reading as many of the books from their provided lists as possible. At the competition, they will participate in four different events to answer questions about the books they have read. The events will include: a Family Feud style event with two teams; a Super Challenge with three to four teams competing to answer questions; and a Relay where students race to a question area, and must answer the question correctly to complete their leg of the race. There will also be a Book Discussion segment at this year's event.

First through third place winners will be named. First place winners will receive medals and second and third place teams will receive ribbons.

Let the battle begin!

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Melissa Fears • Communications Office
2010 N. 59th Street • Kansas City, KS 66104 • 913-279-2242