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Organizers of Surry County's third Elementary Battle of the Books at Rockford Elementary Friday morning pointed out the competitive atmosphere rivaling an ACC basketball tournament was not the main feature of the event.

"In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you," said organizer Donna Bledsoe who was quoting noted battle proponent Mortimer Jerome Adler. "Every year we see the competition is getting better and we're seeing more excitement with the literature. They're making an impact on our world on what they read." She said a student-initiated donation drive to collect money for drilling a well in Africa was proof of this.

Shoals Elementary took first place in the event with Flat Rock finishing second, White Plains in third and Franklin finishing fourth. Shoals will represent Surry County Schools at the regional competition tentatively set for April 1 at a location to be announced.

Franklin Elementary Coach Tonya Fletcher agreed students had been inspired by the book titled "A Long Walk for Water," by Linda Sue Park. Tournament officials said more than $800 had been collected which will go the the Water for South Sudan group.


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