By Kim Lehman

K-5 Literacy

During the month of March, schools across the country participate in many different activities to celebrate reading and reinforce the importance of reading for our students. This year, Olivet Community School K-5 students combined to read a combined total of more than 3,000 books during the four weeks of March.


Students were rewarded with various prizes and incentives for their hard work.

Other monthly reading activities included book swaps, read-ins, mystery book contests, screen free nights, Doors for Doughnuts and guest readers. During March, a group of 40 second and third grade students called, The Rising Writers Club, met daily for an hour before school to work on creative writing. They all completed a bound fictional story and posted original poems on Kidblog.

In addition, The Brainstormers returned to our schools and our annual Literacy Night to perform stories written by 15 of our amazing student authors. Students and families alike, were entertained by this awesome acting troupe, when our students’ creative stories came to life right before our eyes. We were also able to celebrate other K-5 students’ published writing by displaying hundreds of pieces that night to share with parents and community members.

Finally, fourth and fifth grade students completed a three-month long reading challenge called Battle of the Books. A total of 14 teams competed in the third year of Olivet’s Battle of the Books by reading a total of 30 books and battling in four different quiz bowl type competitions.

Congratulations to the Battle of the Books Champions for fourth grade, The Good Reads and repeating Champions for fifth grade, The Book Busters. A huge “Thank You” to staff, parents and students that helped to make March another amazing month of reading and writing this year at Olivet Community Schools.

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First place winners for fifth grade Battle of the Books, The Book Busters, Jackson Sinclair, Jake Miller, Bryce Wine, Andrew Stolberg and Lane Frentress.