Seven teams advance to third-grade reading challenge finals

The 2019 Third Grade Reading Challenge finals are coming.

The championship event of what is officially called “The Sno-Isle Libraries Mega-Fun, Biblio-Trivia, Rockem-Sockem Third-Grade Reading Challenge,” will start at 6:30 p.m., Monday, March 25 onstage at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

Members of the Rocket Readers from South Whidbey Elementary celebrate becoming the top scoring team at their school for 2019. The Rocket Readers are in the 2019 finals event.

The finals feature teams of third-graders from seven elementary schools. This literary trivia program started this past fall at 51 elementary schools in 13 school districts across Snohomish and Island counties. Students started by reading six books chosen by Sno-Isle Libraries staff members for the challenge.

Teams of students then test their knowledge at in-school events in a quiz-bowl style game. The top scoring teams from each school then went on to seven regional semifinal events.

Third-graders are the focus of the challenge because research shows that reading ability in third grade can be a tipping point for later academic and life success. Students not reading at grade level are less likely to finish high school which may have consequences later in life.

The reading challenge is sponsored by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.

The schools and teams advancing to the 2019 reading challenge final are:

  • Brier Elementary (Brier) –  Reading Racers
  • Hillcrest Elementary (Lake Stevens) – Read Hawks
  • Riverview Elementary (Snohomish) – Mustache Readers
  • Seaview Elementary (Edmonds) – Reading Lightning Pups
  • Silver Firs Elementary (Mill Creek) – Star Readers
  • South Whidbey Elementary (Langley) – Rocket Readers
  • Twin City Elementary (Stanwood) – Royal Readers