Hopewell Elementary kids warn reading ribbons

Courtesy photo Members of Hopewell Elementary Schoolís fifth grade teams that recently participated in the Chester County Reading Olympics are, front from left, Amanda Omara, Madison Chambers, Marie Miller, Justin Neske, team captain Brooke Rush, Rachel Peak, Trinity Denzler, Alysen Zabosky and Mia Morris; middle from left, A.J. Weaver, Shannon Ward, Alexander Norman, Cassidy Heavlow, Gavin Baumgardner, Kylie Klein, Kyleigh Levinsky, Sydney Herrera, Tyler Nguyen and Brian Brower, top from left, coach Maureen Pongracz, Elena Rowe, Bruce Trimmer, Anna Byerly, Nick Landgrebe, Liz Taylor, Thomas Repetz, Hannah Liddick, Sierra Cullen and coach Karen Gregan, Reading Olympics coordinator. Lexy Mathiodakis is not pictured.

Hopewell Elementary School sent two fifth grade teams and two sixth grade teams to the Chester County Reading Olympics held on March 19 and 21 at West Chester East High School.

The goal of the Reading Olympics is to increase the time students spend reading for enjoyment while developing their reading skills. The teams had been preparing for the event since the beginning of the school year, meeting regularly with their coaches.

Students collaborate with their teammates to read 40 to 50 books that have been selected by a committee of librarians, reading specialists, and classroom teachers in the Philadelphia area. These professionals prepare questions based on the selected books for the Reading Olympics participants to answer during three rounds of competition.

On March 19, the fifth grade Hopewell Runs on Books team, coached by librarian Maureen Pongracz, earned 50 points and received blue ribbons. The fifth grade Fluffy Unicorns, coached by reading teacher Karen Gregan, earned 45 points and received red ribbons.

On March 21, the sixth grade Legit Bacon Unicorns, coached by Denise Hicks, earned 50 points and received blue ribbons, and the sixth grade Elite Legendary Chocolate Covered Cereal Squad, coached by Learning Support teacher Amy Swisher, earned 41 points and received red ribbons.