Clayton State University hosted the Third Annual Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl for Metro Atlanta schools on Saturday, Feb. 5. The success of the event was due in part to the students who came out to read for recognition and this years’ championship. Another factor in the successful event was, in the midst of reading and competing, 24 Clayton State students, staff, and faculty came out to volunteer and show their support. Plus, more than 500 parents, participants and volunteers from the community came out to show their support of the event.
The Ruffin Reading bowl was started in DeKalb County by Library Media Specialist Helen Ruffin in response to the decline in reading by local students. The bowl began in 1985. The triumph of the bowl has been warranted by the participation of local schools including this year’s 32 Metro Atlanta schools ranging from grades K-12.
This years’ bowl held on Clayton State’s Morrow campus began at 9:30 a.m. By noon, the winners were chosen and awarded this year’s grand prize. The winners were as follows:
1st Shadow Rock
2nd Honey Creek
3rd Ashford Park
4th Timber Ridge
1s: Union Grove
3rd Miller Grove
4th Eagle’s Landing
4th Cross Keys.
Before the regional bowl held at Clayton State, students read this years’ Ruffin-approved book lists for each grade level including books such as Kimberly Angle’s “Hummingbird” and “Burn… A Novel” by Kristine Phillips. On bowl day the student competitors were grilled in game format to test their knowledge of their grade levels’ selected books. This format was chosen by Ruffin in her creation and vision for the competition.
The success of the bowl is in part to the many area schools that participate from year to year. The number of metro area schools that participate has grown since the bowls’ conception and continues to grow every year. The following schools made it to the regional bowl because of their tenacity and dedication to learning this year’s booklists as well as capturing the win in the school to school competitions. Those teams that were triumphant in the school-to-school tournaments made it to the regional bowl at Clayton State.
The following schools had teams participating in the Third Annual Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Metro Tournament:
A. Philip Randolph Elementary (Fulton County), Ashford Park Elementary (DeKalb County), Honey Creek Elementary (Rockdale County), Live Oak Elementary School (Newton County), Lorraine Elementary (Rockdale County), Morris Brandon Elementary (Atlanta Public Schools), Ola Elementary (Henry County), Parkside Elementary (Atlanta Public Schools), River Eves Elementary (Fulton County), River’s Edge Elementary (Clayton County), Shadow Rock Elementary (DeKalb County), Swint Elementary (Clayton County), and Timber Ridge Elementary (Henry County).
Eagle’s Landing MS (Henry County), Henderson MS (DeKalb County), Indian Creek MS (Newton County), Miller Grove MS (DeKalb County), Mundy’s Mill MS (Clayton County), Parks MS (Atlanta Public) Sequoyah MS (Clayton County), Sutton MS (Atlanta Public Schools), Union Grove MS (Henry County), and Veterans MS (Newton County).
Alcovy HS (Newton County), Alpharetta HS (Fulton County), Buford HS (Buford City), Carver HS (Atlanta Public), Centennial HS (Fulton), Cross Keys HS (DeKalb), Douglas HS (Atlanta Public), Lithonia HS (DeKalb), Newton HS (Newton County), Ola HS (Henry County), and Woodland HS (Henry County).
For information on next year’s bowl, please visit the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl website at http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/hrrb/ or contact Clayton State’s Dean of Libraries, Dr. Gordon Baker at (678)