PULASKI – For students at Pulaski Academy and Central School District, the joy of reading will now be coupled with the thrill of competition.
Twenty-one sixth grade students at Pulaski Middle School will compete in a Battle of the Books event, the first time the district has participated in the program.
Battle of the Books is a competitive reading incentive program that tests student’s knowledge on 10 books they’ve been assigned to read.
Teacher Jill Truax, who is coordinating the competition, said the event ties in perfectly with the school’s effort to provide more reading opportunities for students.
“We’ve incorporated independent reading time in the classroom this year, so this fits in great with that,” Truax said.
The 21 students will be broken into seven three-person teams, with the winners advancing to a county-wide competition.
According to Principal Paula Brillo, the Battle of the Books program is a great addition to the district.
For the students, the program is perfect combination of learning and friendly rivalry.
“I like to read and I like to win,” said student Justin Christian.
For student Addison McCullough, the thought of making history at the school was at the forefront of her decision to participate.
“I really wanted to be a part of this because it’s the first year Pulaski is doing, which is really special,” she said.
The school-wide competition is set to take place in late February or early March, with the winners going on the compete at the county-wide contest on March 15.