OSWEGO, NY – Charles E. Riley Elementary School students were “grappling” with literature.
Several fifth and sixth students signed up for the “2011-2012 WrestleMania Reading Challenge.”
Eleven of the students completed the required reading and entered the bookmark design contest.
Librarian Molly Clark said, “Entrants were tasked with developing an original slogan and supporting artwork to design a bookmark that will promote reading. The top two bookmarks, designed by Sierra Palmer and Brenden Davies are being reproduced for distribution in the Riley Library.”
The winning entry was designed by Palmer whose bookmark is now entered in the national contest.
The winner of the national contest will receive and all-expense paid trip for two to “WrestleMania 28” in Miami in April.
Contest participants included Michaela Bradshaw, Lauren DeVinny, Alyssa Burdick, Matthew Taormina. Lauren Beall, Keyar Storrs, Destiny Whitney, Palmer, Davis, Evan Lupien and Even Giocondo.
Clark explained, “The ‘WrestleMania Reading Challenge’ is sponsored by YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) and World Wrestling Entertainment. The program encourages teens and tweens to read during Teen Read Week and beyond. By doing so, they can win prizes donated by WWE and other organizations.”
Continuing she said,” The goal of this program is to reach reluctant readers and get more teens reading beyond Teen Read Week by implementing a reading incentive program that provides prizes from World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) as a reward. According to Nielsen Media Research, WWE’s programming reaches 15.8 million fans each week, of which 23 percent is under age 18. We’ve added WWE for Kids magazine to our collection this year and purchased several books about professional wrestling. These additions have proven very popular and are always checked out. One of the new goals of the Common Core is to increase informational reading. This topic really helps us toward that goal.”