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April 12, 2010
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Valerie Terando
Ames Community Schools 515.268.6650

AMES—Students from the Ames Community School District (ACSD), St. Cecilia’s School and the Gilbert Community Schools are gearing up for next week’s first-ever “Battle of the Books.” Students have been diligently preparing for the competition, which takes place Thursday, April 22 at the Ames Public Library. The start time has been tentatively set for 4:00 p.m.

According to Joan Fitzsimmons, one of the organizers and Technology Teacher Librarian at Mitchell Elementary School, students have been busy reading from a collection of 23 Iowa Children Choice Award books this school year in preparation for the competition. Ms. Fitzsimmons says in all, 10 teams of fifth grade students from the Ames Schools, St. Cecilia’s, and the Gilbert Schools will be participating.

Fitzsimmons added, “Student teams will be asked questions from each of the books and will garner points for their teams during the first two rounds of the competition. Questions have been created by staff members from the Ames Public Library and are under lock and key!”  Judges for each competition will be staff members from the Ames Public Library.

A final round of the top teams will decide which school gets to take home the traveling trophy for the school year.  The event is sponsored by the Ames Public Library and is supported by a generous contribution by Gene Johnson, a previous Kate Mitchell parent.



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