Friday, November 23, 2012
The Oregon Battle of the Books statewide program has announced the recipients of book grants to support battle programs. Recipients will receive two copies of each title on one grade level list. Teams will compete at the OBOB regional tournament on Saturday, March 2 at The Dalles Middle School.
Two local winning schools for the 9 to 12 grade level are Hood River Valley High School and The Dalles Wahtonka High School.
Battle of the Books is a successful reading motivation and comprehension program that pairs reading with the spirit of competitive sports which in turn encourages kids to read. Students, regardless of ability, are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints.
Hood River and Wy’east middle school teams have also participated the last three years.
Students in each division read up to 16 books and answer questions on the content of those books in a round robin, quiz bowl type competition. The positive image of reading created by the Battle of the Books has incalculable effects on attitudes toward reading of a large number of county students.
The Oregon Battle of the Books is sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL) and supported by a federal Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) grant through the Oregon State Library.
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge