From left: Thomas Esslemont, Cavin Bohr, Zilka Ramsey, Renae Dayton (leaning on table) and Sally Laybourn. (Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond)
From left: Thomas Esslemont, Cavin Bohr, Zilka Ramsey, Renae Dayton (leaning on table) and Sally Laybourn. (Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond)
Beginning after Thanksgiving,  area students formed teams and read a total of 20 books as preparation for “Reading Games,” held this week at Carrie Lee Elementary School.

Organized by Mary Ann Krammen (St. Ben’s), Carole Sand (North Winneshiek), Gabe Twedt (Decorah Middle School) and Rhonda Thompson (Carrie Lee), this was the sixth year Decorah schools held the event.

Students participated in two divisions: I (grades 3 and 4) and II (grades 5 and 6).

Volunteer coaches met with the kids once a month, discussing the books and keeping the groups on task.

The final competition had kids answering questions about the books, followed by a celebration with pizza and prizes.
While the top three teams in each division were recognized, an organizer said the goal of “Reading Games” is to increase reading and enjoyment; and all the kids are considered winners as a result.

Students received a bag of tokens and prizes from the following: Pizza Ranch. Bank of the West, Culvers, Casey’s, Fareway, Viking State bank, Decorah Bank and Trust. Once Upon a Time and Dragonfly Books offered books at a discount throughout the program.