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Literacy fair encourages love of reading
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West Elementary kindergartener Memphis Sadlon stands proudly in front of his “Jumanji” contribution to the literacy fair. - photo by Jennifer Woods

This year marks the seventh year of the Literacy Fair, with students in grades K-12 participating across Warren County. Approximately 600 projects were completed with around 110 projects advancing to the district level.

Each school held its own competition for students who completed fiction, non-fiction and class projects. Tuesday night the district-wide fair was held at Warren County Middle School’s library followed by an award ceremony in the auditorium.

Morrison Elementary third-grader Grayson Potter’s display was about the book “Black Holes” by Ker Than. “It was fun. It was a little easy and hard,” said Potter who explained some facts he learned from his book. “Black holes release plasma and light can’t escape from them.”

Centertown Elementary sixth-grader Emma Kirby had an elaborately painted dragon from her book “Wings of Fire: The Brightest Night.” The book is one of a series of fantasy novels written by author Tui T. Sutherland. The novels are set in the fictional dragon-inhabited continents of Pyrrhia and Pantala, and chronicle the quests of young dragons to fulfill prophecies. 

“I sketched it out first and then painted it with acrylics and added some glitter,” said Emma. Her efforts won her a blue ribbon during the award ceremony. Plus there’s a little reminder in the form of gold paint on some carpet at her home.

Hickory Creek Elementary first-grader Carson Ward shared how he didn’t realize his book “Salt in his Shoes” by Deloris Jordan wasn’t fiction, but was a non-fiction book about Michael Jordan. “I picked it out all on my own and used a whole snow day to create my display,” said Carson.

The competition was developed to provide students with the opportunity to present their favorite fiction or non-fiction book in a fair atmosphere with multiple display methods. TN Core emphasizes that students read complex text at grade levels as well as the reading of non-fiction texts for understanding of information. By participating in this fair, it is a hope that the students will experience an enjoyable reading opportunity and develop a love for reading.

At the beginning of the awards ceremony emcee Bill Zechman said, “The Warren County school librarians would like to thank all the students for their hard work and dedication. We would also like to thank Bridgestone for sponsoring the ribbons and certificates.” 

Teachers, parents and family members were recognized for their dedication in encouraging and supporting the love of reading.

The event concluded with first-, second- and third-place ribbons along with certificates being distributed to each grade in fiction, non-fiction and class project categories.