Reading Fair winners

First place winners were (from left) Ayralin Sneddon, DeSoto Central Elementary School; Klaeree Smith, Oak Grove Central Elementary School; Kyleigh Steele, Northpoint Christian School; Banks Wardlaw, Chickasaw Elementary School; and Kacy Carson, Center Hill Elementary School.

More than 75 winners attended the recent DeSoto County Reading Fair. The students were winners from their respective public or private DeSoto County school and were competing in the District Reading Fair, held at the Board of Education room in Hernando. All participants received a medal.

Students stood by their reading projects and waited for the judges to come and ask questions. The judges for the event involved librarians from public and school libraries.

Competitors had to know obvious facts about their book--author, title, plot, climax, setting, characters--or any question a judge might ask.

"I was impressed with the quality of the students' projects," said Debbie Stafford, textbook coordinator for DeSoto County Schools and coordinator of the countywide event.

The Reading Fair gives students the opportunity to share their favorite book through a storyboard display or a media presentation, the first year for this category. Many of the students also dressed like their main character.

“The goal of the reading fair is to instill a lifelong love of reading in students as they experience a deeper enjoyment and pleasure from reading gained through participating in the process,” said Stafford.

Students may enter one of three categories: individual, group project or family project. With each category, students are judged in divisions based on grade level.

District Reading Fair winners in each division will advance to Lafayette High School in Oxford for the Regional Reading Fair.

The Mississippi Department of Education will host the State Reading Fair when the Regional Reading Fairs are complete.

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