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Battle of the Books combines love of reading, friendly competition

March 20, 2019

A hush falls over the crowd, and for a moment, the gym feels more like a library. Two teams of students sit attentively, awaiting the next question.

“In the book, Dear Pope Francis, why does Pope Francis say he wears a tall hat?”

As soon as the MC finishes the question, the students excitedly whisper within their teams, discussing their response. One team has the chance to answer -- and the other team waits, ready to respond if their competitors can’t.

“Because it means he’s a bishop!”

After a brief celebration for the right answer, the hush falls again, and it’s on to the next question.

The suspense was all part of Battle of the Books, a fun event celebrating "March is Reading Month." The competition brought fourth graders from several Catholic schools to Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Belmont on March 20. Teams from Assumption, Our Lady of Consolation in Rockford, and St. Paul the Apostle in Grand Rapids participated.

Teams prepared by reading a selection of books, including several faith-based titles. Then, teams competed in a double-elimination tournament to see who remembered the most of what they read.

Ultimately, a team from Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary won the trophy. It was a great day of friendly competition, and it’s sure to be exciting when fourth graders gather for next year’s event!

See photos from the event in the gallery below or at this link.

Battle of the Books celebrates literacy

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids are an alliance of 31 vibrant learning communities (26 elementary and five high schools) serving more than 6,550 preschool through 12th grade students throughout West Michigan. Our schools inspire young people to grow in Catholic faith and grace, achieve more in school and life, develop creativity and character, and feel welcomed and cherished for their unique gifts. We partner with parents to awaken the whole child to a world of light and life — that grows better and brighter when children reach their potential.