To help keep blood flowing and shake out the wiggles, participating teams had to get up and run around the tables before submitting answers. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)

Grade 4/5 students from across Fraser-Cascade District compete in annual Reading Link Challenge

The province-wide program gets students involved in the ‘sport of reading’

Not every child is a born athlete, but that doesn’t mean that every child can’t participate in sport. This is why one of the goals behind the province-wide program, the Reading Link Challenge, is to get Grade 4 and 5 students engaged in the ‘sport of reading.’

The program, a partnership between the Ministry of Education and the Libraries and Literacy Branch, urges students to read outside of academic hours, and encourages information retention.

In teams of six, children read a group of six pre-selected books. At first, teams within a school compete while answering questions about character, plot, and settings. The winning team from each school then goes on to the next level, and then finally to the Grand Challenge, where winning teams from different library systems across the province come together for a competition.

On Tuesday, April 16, teams from across the Fraser-Cascade School District gathered in the Coquihalla Elementary School gym and participated in an exciting three rounds of questions about the following group of books: A Boy Called Bat; Stella by Starlight; Howard Wallace, P.I.; Ungifted; The World According to Humphrey; The Land of Forgotten Girls.

And after 90 minutes of gruelling competition, the Silver Creek Bibliophile Bookworms came out as the leaders of the pack, winning the local Challenge, and given the honour of progressing to the next stage, which will happen sometime within the next month.

For more information about the Reading Link Challenge, please visit ReadingLinkChallenge.ca.

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To help keep blood flowing and shake out the wiggles, participating teams had to get up and run around the tables before submitting answers. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)

It was all teamwork at the Reading Link Challenge, hosted at Coquihalla Elementary School on April 16, 2019. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)

Nearly a dozen teams competed in the Reading Link Challenge for the Fraser-Cascade School District: a Silver Creek Elementary team won the challenge and will progress to the next level. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)

(Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)

Answers were checked and tallied by a panel of staff volunteers, and the winners got to take home a plaque. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)

The teams, made up of Grade 4 and 5 students, comprised six members who brainstormed team names and all contributed to submitting the correct answer. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)

Family members and other students gathered in the Coquihalla Elementary gym to watch the “sport of reading” in action. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)

Dozens of students from across the district participated in the Reading Link Challenge, hosted at Coquihalla Elementary on April 17. The winning team, from Silver Creek, will progress to the next level within the Challenge. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)

Students from schools in Hope, Agassiz, and Sea Bird Island participated in the Reading Link Challenge. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)

Family members and other students gathered in the Coquihalla Elementary gym to watch the “sport of reading” in action. ( (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)

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