The fifth grade team from Birney Elementary are Georgia elementary champions in the statewide Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl! Birney’s team won first place at every level of the 2013 reading event – District, regional, divisional and finally the state championship. The finals were conducted Saturday, March 9 at the University of Georgia conference center in Athens, where Birney students faced off against the team from Lyman Hall Elementary in Hinesville, GA. More than 500 total teams competed in the bowl this school year.
The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl challenged students read 16 chapter books and use buzzers to compete against other schools in answering detailed questions about events from those books. As you can imagine, the competition is intense due to the speed, accuracy, and composure necessary for such circumstances.
Birney is the first Area 2 school in Cobb to advance to and win at the state level of the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl.