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Release Date: 05/13/2013

No lunch trades tomorrow for these John Muir Global Reading Challenge winners

Global Reading Challenge

When the lunch bell rings tomorrow, Tuesday, May 14, at John Muir Elementary School, 3301 S. Horton St., seven students won't be looking to trade lunches.


That's because as winners of The Seattle Public Library's Global Reading Challenge, Thea Wilson, Bella Morrow, Tallulah Campbell, Kameko Davis, Lucy Kerr, Julia Mundell and Jaila Willis will be eating dishes they selected from a local Thai restaurant.


Their lunches will be delivered by Seattle City Librarian Marcellus Turner, who will visit with the winners, together with Seattle Public Schools Superintendent José Banda.  The celebratory luncheon will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 1:05 p.m. in the school's library. Steve Marsh, the school's librarian, was the coach of John Muir Elementary's successful "Bookettes" team.


This is the 18th year of the Library's Global Reading Challenge, a reading contest for fourth- and fifth-graders in Seattle Public Schools.  A total of 360 seven-member teams from 45 Seattle Public Schools participated this year.


"Superintendent Banda and I thought having lunch with the Bookettes would be a wonderful way to recognize their achievement," said Turner, who said the goal of the Global Reading Challenge is to "encourage children to have fun and enjoy reading."


To participate in the Global Reading Challenge, students must read a predetermined set of 10 books and then take part in a series of interschool and school challenges, which are conducted in a Quiz Bowl format. Teams are asked specific questions about the book, plot and characters. The John Muir team won the Seattle championship by one question.


The Global Reading Challenge is made possible by funding from Target, The Seattle Public Library Foundation, Suzanne Hittman, Northwest Literacy Foundation, and the Ballard Rotary.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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