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Racine students receive free book as part of 'Battle of the Books' event

Posted at 6:46 PM, Nov 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-13 22:06:05-05

In Racine, 120 fourth and fifth graders at 21st Century Preparatory School received a free book called "A Fish In a Tree" to promote reading literacy, Tuesday afternoon.

SC Johnson has sponsored Battle of the Books for over a decade. During the years, they have donated more than 8,000 books to classrooms across the Racine area.

On Tuesday, each fourth and fifth-grade class received 40 books, the full reading list of the Battle of the Books competition. Fourth-grader Sana, participated in the battle last year, she said she is excited to start reading this year's list. 

"We had to read a lot of books and I still have one the books my teacher gave me," said Sana. 

Other students said they are happy to have a new book on their bookshelves. 

"I think I'm going to have a fun time reading it," said Armando.

The kids will gather in teams of two-to-four students. They will dive into stories about the Oregon Trail and Tales of Red Riding Hood.

Teams will then meet in public and will be asked trivia questions about the books. The team with the highest points wins but the children who participate said the Battle is more than a competition, the books are leaching them valuable lessons. 

"I learned you don't have to change yourself to fit in. You can just be yourself," said fourth-grader Sana.

"It actually helps me with school because it helps me with words and with spelling," said fifth-grader Tiana.  

The meet will begin in March.