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    The Global Reading Challenge is upon us! Whittier will once again, be participating in this event sponsored by the Seattle Public Library.

    Global Challenge Objectives

    • To promote the love of reading (and have fun).
    • To promote the use of public libraries as neighborhood and community resource centers.
    • To introduce children to a wide variety of literature and multicultural reading materials (and have fun).
    • To provide a recreational outlet for readers.
    • To encourage children to participate in a group activity (and have fun).
    • To encourage children to read for retention.
    • To provide a positive learning experience for children, librarians, teachers and parents (and have fun).
    • To form partnerships with local schools and businesses and strengthen community ties.
    • To build confidence and integrity in young readers (and have fun).
    • To participate in a public library activity that promotes reading as a pleasurable lifelong experience.
    • Did we mention- Have Fun!!

    The program is similar to ‘Battle of the Books’, where teams read 10 books representing a wide variety of reading levels and answer questions based on specific factual and content information found within those books. Once we have a school winner, a Semi-Final Challenge will be held at the Central Branch of the Seattle Public Library. The winning branch teams will then compete in the Grand Challenge City Finals. 

    Whittier will form approximately 7-8 teams of students – 7 members per team. Teams need to have a variety of reading abilities. Once teams are formed, students will pick their team name and begin forming their strategies for competing and embracing the joy of reading. For example, will all the team members read all the books, some of the books, or really get to know 2 books? 

    Although the actual In-School Challenge will take place on Thursday, February 7 in the school library, the reading must be done outside of school beginning this month. Students who sign up for the Global Reading Challenge must commit to it and stick with it. They will have teammates that are depending on them. Certainly, regular classwork and homework come first, but this is not an average extra-curricular activity and only dedicated students who enjoy working with a team and who are truly excited to participate, should apply. 

    The Semi-Final round will take place on: Friday, March 1 at 10:30 a.m. (we should finish by noon). The winning branch teams will then compete in the Grand Challenge City Finals. The City Final will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. Both of these events will take place at the SPL Central Branch downtown.

    If you are ready to sign up, please fill out the permission slip and return to Ms. Newsomb's mailbox located in the front office or to the library by November 14, 2018. Please note that homeroom teachers are also required to sign the permission slip as well. 

    Teams will be posted on the library bulletin board, outside the library on Thursday, November 29. Teams will be meeting during lunch time starting in January to do book talks and touch base with each other along the way. 

    Finally, by signing up and participating in the Global Reading Challenge, you are giving permission for your child’s picture to be displayed on the school bulletin board. If you do not want your child’s picture to be displayed, please contact Ms. Newcomb ( privately.