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TDSB students excel in sport of reading

TDSB students excel in sport of reading

Kids’ Lit Quiz popularity continues to grow with ‘tweens

Friday, February 13, 2015
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB, School Web Stories

TDSB students love to read. That has never been clearer as a number of the teams that squared off in the Kids’ Lit Quiz national final on February 9 represented TDSB schools. Bowmore PS, Cottingham PS, Sir Alexander MacKenzie PS, and Whitney PS all qualified after competing in thrilling regional heats earlier in the month.

Kids’ Lit Quiz, otherwise known as the Sport of Reading, is now in its fifth year in Canada, and its popularity continues to grow. This year, a total of 100 student teams, ages 10-13, from Ontario and British Columbia public, catholic, independent and private schools competed for the chance to represent Canada at the Kids’ Lit Quiz World Final to be held in July. Forty-one of the one hundred school teams that competed were from the TDSB and they represented well at regional events, and the national final. 

Five regional events were held in which teams composed of four students dressed in costumes and sporting jerseys worked together to answer questions in ten different categories. After learning the categories only minutes before the event, students chose one of those categories to “double down” for a chance to earn double points for each correct answer in that round.  To add a little fun to each competition more than a dozen popular kidslit authors from across Canada came together and created teams to compete along side the students. The top teams from each event advanced to the Canadian Nationals. 

The exciting national final took place at Toronto’s Crescent School with TVO’s Reading Ranger Kara as MC, and Kids’ Lit Quiz Coordinator Nancy Davidson opening the evening events. Quiz Master Wayne Mills from New Zealand challenged the students and the audience with rounds of questions from a variety of categories including: authors, mythical creatures, books to movies, novel openings, and titles.  After the first five rounds of questions, Bowmore PS and the Southridge team from BC battled for first place, while Cottingham PS, Crescent School, Hillfield Strathallen, Sir Alexander MacKenzie PS, and Whitney PS attempted to close in. In an exciting finish Southridge took top spot with the TDSB’s Bowmore PS finishing second and Crescent School third.

The top three teams were awarded cash prizes and stacks of books to support their love of reading. A huge crowd of family and friends were there to cheer on their teams. TVO videotaped the event and interviewed students on their favourite books and authors. The event was live streamed to friends and family across the country. The top team will now represent Canada at the world final in Connecticut in July.

All teams were congratulated for their effort and for making the competition a success. One student, Spencer, said afterwards that the event was everything he'd hoped it would be. “This year's kids' lit quiz was absolutely incredible. I loved it and can't wait to compete next year!”

Kids’ Lit Quiz Canada is a registered charitable organization run entirely by volunteers. Kids’ Lit Quiz is designed to improve children’s reading and vocabulary in a fun, meaningful, long-lasting way. Designed around teamwork and competition, the program adds fun to reading for children here and around the world. Over 1,000 schools worldwide participate in the reading-based competition, with a world champion team crowned every year. In 2011, TDSB’s Summit Heights placed second in New Zealand. 

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