Students read their way to vote

Students read their way to vote
Posted on 02/12/2019
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Every vote counts. But first, you’ve got to read all about it.

Fredonia Elementary School third-, fourth- and fifth-graders were ready to cast their ballots last month at the Bluebonnet Book Voting held in the campus library.

Other NISD elementary campuses voting in the campaign included Emeline Carpenter, Brooks-Quinn-Jones, Thomas J. Rusk and Raguet.

For their vote to count, students read at least five of the 20 Bluebonnet books. Those that cast ballots at Fredonia were treated to a red-, white- or blue-iced doughnut (with sprinkles, too) before heading back to class.

Librarian Kayla Gayler had an iPad set up in a voting booth for students to make their selections.

Votes were due by Jan. 31, then the wait begins to see which book wins the grand prize winner that will receive the 2018-19 Texas Bluebonnet award later this spring (something students will gather to watch online).

“We have quite a group voting online,” said Gayler, whose library was decorated in lots of red, white and blue. “This is a huge deal in the elementary library world.”

The Texas Library Association nominates 20 Bluebonnet Award titles and encourages students in grades 3-6 to read all the books.

Later this year, Nacogdoches ISD elementary students in grades 3-5 will gather in the Nacogdoches High School library for the annual Battle of the Bluebonnet Books contest that dates back to 1998.

Students at NISD elementary campuses must read at least 10 Bluebonnet books to qualify to compete in the contest. Students that correctly answer the most questions during campus-level qualifying advance to the district competition, where they are drawn at random into teams.

The contest was created by NISD librarians to encourage students to read books on the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List

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