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Brown wins Clay City reading competition

Friday, February 6, 2009

Ten-year-old Courtney Brown displays the trophy she won after being crowned the 2008 Clay City Elementary fifth-grade Super Bowl champion. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
CLAY CITY -- Fifth-grade elementary teacher Joanie Mitchell wants her students to read, read and read some more.

For as long as she can remember, the Clay City Elementary School teacher has offered her students a competition around Super Bowl time.

The competition involves reading at home. Reading anything at home.

"It motivates them to read," Mitchell said. "They need some kind of incentive. It can be newspapers, sports magazines, books ... anything goes."

This year, the students in her fifth-grade classroom, along with other fifth-grade students, participated in Reading Super Bowl.

The students are encouraged to read independently at home and every hour they read, they score a touchdown. Parents sign forms for proof the students read.

A football field was set up in the hallway near the classrooms and players on the field represented the students' movement up and down the field.

"It's marked off just like a football field," Mitchell said.

Mitchell's classroom turned in more than 600 hours of reading during the competition and the entire Clay City fifth-grade tallied more than 1,200 hours of reading.

Mitchell said a traveling trophy goes from one classroom to the other depending on which room wins the yearly contest.

All students that read more than 100 hours also receive a plaque for their efforts.

In addition, the student with the most accumulated hours of reading time has their name engraved on a plate on the trophy and is listed as the year's Most Valuable Player. Or reader.

This year, Courtney Brown was the winner.

Brown, 10, is the daughter of Mary and Chad Brown.

Courtney said she tried to read books she had never read before, eying the jacket to see if they looked like a good read. She added she got them from the school library.

"I just read the back (jacket)," she said. "If it was interesting, I would read it."

Courtney said she estimated she read 21 books during the competition.

"Any spare time I got, I read," she said. "There was this one girl that was neck-to-neck with me. We went back and forth."

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Way to go Courtney!!!

-- Posted by hd80 on Sat, Feb 7, 2009, at 9:22 AM

Congratulations Courtney!! You make a former teacher extremely proud. One of the many things I loved about you was the way you would always read in your "free" time. Keep up the great work.......luv ya!

-- Posted by Bigpappy on Sat, Feb 7, 2009, at 10:27 AM

Congrats Courtney! Way to go!

-- Posted by AndreaBolin on Sat, Feb 7, 2009, at 4:41 PM

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