For the first time ever, La Joya ISD hosted the Elementary Battle of the Books where 4 members of 19 of our elementaries took part in the tournament style competition. This intra-district event tested students’ knowledge of 6 pre-selected books that were read by the participants.

The 76 fourth and fifth graders arrived at the LJISD Central Administration Building prepared to show off their reading skills and determined to take home the title of “2017 Elementary Battle of the Books Champions”.

As a means of encouraging their students to read more in-depth while having fun, LJISD Library Services and the librarians at each of the elementary schools came together and organized the first contest of its kind in La Joya ISD.

Complete with a timekeeper, a scorer, three judges, and an emcee, the competition began with randomly chosen teams.

Round after round, each group took turns answering very specific questions from each of the six books.

In the final round, it was Sam Fordyce Elementary who defeated JFK and Garza Elementary to become the first Elementary Battle of the Books Champs.

All participants were treated to a pizza lunch after the contest and were also rewarded with a trip to Tinseltown Movie Theatre to catch the opening of “The Diary of a Wimpy Kid” movie.

Recognition and gratitude goes out to all of the elementary school librarians who invested their time to help prepare the students for the day’s challenge, and a very special thank you to Ms. Alma Salinas, Director of Libray/Media/Textbooks at La Joya ISD, for putting all the pieces together to achieve such a successful event.