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2018 Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! Contest Winners

Elementary School Winners:

1st Place - Crawfordville Elementary School - Wakulla County - The students selected to continue the story The Three Billy Goats Gruff adapted by Tom Roberts. In The Billy Curse, the biggest billy goat, Callaso G., becomes a bully as he leads his two sisters on an adventure to Magic Valley. After meeting a small puppy with a big heart, Callaso learns that being a friend is much more important than having power.

2nd Place - Village Green Elementary School - Dade County - The students, inspired by the book Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon, by Patty Lovell, presented the story Stand Tall Isabela Maria. As the shortest girl in third grade, Isabela's best friend, Katerina, encouraged her to "walk straight and tall and the world will look up to you," to "smile and the world will smile back," "reread books bit by bit, day by day, and the words will speak to you" and "make notes of the things you need to remember, so your planner can keep you on track." These words of wisdom then helped Isabela Maria when she started a new school and had to overcome bullying. 

3rd Place - Everglades Elementary School - Okeechobee County - The students created a unique book based off Laura Numeroff's book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. This school shared the wonderful highlights that they have experienced through the agriculture program and their original book titled If You Give a School an Ag Teacher.

Middle School Winners

1st Place - Swift Creek Middle School - Leon County - Based on the ever popular book Wonder the students chose a creative and motivational method to share their thoughts and feelings about the message in the book. Through song the students expressed the idea that we are all different and wonders, inside and out.

2nd Place - Varsity Lakes Middle School - Lee County - The students chose Wonder because they wanted to bettter understand life from someone else's perspective and to learn how to prevent and stop bullying. August Pullman's character inspired these students to be kind and brave in spite of hostile circumstances.

3rd Place - King Middle School - Santa Rosa County - Also based on the popular book titled Wonder, the students chose to share the story of a young boy who leaves his life as a home schooled student to enter a school for highly intelligent students. He then had to overcome adversity and bullying.

High School Winners

1st Place - Donald E. Woods Opportunity Center - Polk County - Based on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the students created a thrilling movie trailer titled The Frankenstein in Me. The creators of this trailer present a bullying scenario that ends with providing a solution, and spotlighting the transformation that the characters go through. Their "hope is to explore the dangers of discrimination and the rewards of proper education to bring about a better future for those to come."

2nd Place - Paxon School of Advanced Studies - Duval County - Showcasing superpowers, superheroes and a superhero school, the students used telekinetic powers to challenge us to read The Ables.

3rd Place - Miami Southridge Senior High School - Dade County - The students presented a motivational movie trailer based off the 1953 novel Fahrenheit 451 set in a world of censorship. These students challenged us all as they presented the quote from Montag, "We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?"

2017 Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! Contest Winners

Elementary School Winners:

1st Place - Prairie Lake Elementary - Orange County - Following Hurricane Matthew and recognizing the effects that the storm had on their community, the students of this next school developed the “Light the Path to Literacy” campaign. These students identified specific challenges and gaps in resources that may be impeding a student's ability to focus on his or her education, and they set out to make a difference in the lives of children who were displaced or homeless. By holding book drives and collecting donations, the students were able to provide books, book lights and snacks for 150 children in their community. Students also brought awareness to the community by providing information via phone messages, posting messages on the school marque and in school flyers, as well as placing posters around the school campus.

2nd Place - Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School. - Glades County - By hosting a book drive, Pemayetv Emahakav Charter School provided books to children at several local facilities. Children at the Raulerson Hospital, the Martha’s House for domestically abused families and the Real Life Children’s Ranch can now enjoy a new book collection while at the facilities. In addition, a collection of books were sent to a small village in South Africa where a new library has just been completed. The efforts and contributions of these students is truly making an impact around the world!

3rd Place - Eustis Heights Elementary - Lake County - “Stuff the Bus” was the theme of this school’s exciting Celebrate Literacy Week project. In an effort to improve literacy skills and the future of all children, teachers and students partnered with community members such as the city mayor, police chief, fire department chief, local county commissioners as well as churches, local service organizations and businesses, to collect over 4,000 books! These books were distributed on January 26th to children and families in their community as part of the school’s Celebrate Literacy Week celebration. These students are truly putting action behind this year’s theme of Literacy Changes Our World.

Middle School Winners:

1st Place - Central School - Santa Rosa County - “Harvesting Literacy” became the school’s mission statement for their service project. Students collaborated with teachers, community members and one another to provide access to books for their community in a variety of ways. Students built the Little Free Library Book Barn for the elementary school, where anyone can donate or borrow a book anytime. Volunteers helped create several “COOL Classroom” settings, which consisted of outdoor literacy spaces for the high school students. Students also partnered with local farmers to host literacy events during harvest season to raise money for Literacy Loot Bags which were provided to children in foster care. What an amazing job these students have done as they worked hard to change the culture of learning in their community.

2nd Place - Swift Creek Middle School - Leon County - Students at Swift Creek Middle School remembered what it was like making the BIG transition from elementary school to middle school and wanted to help ease the anxiety of the current 5th graders at their neighboring elementary school. After creating books in which they shared the qualities of being a good citizen in their community, school and home, the students of Swift Creek Middle School read aloud to small groups of students from the neighboring elementary school and inspired students to change the world around them through literacy. The student’s motto was “one student, one book at a time!”

3rd Place - Johnson Middle School - Brevard County - Recognizing a need within their own school, middle school students from the National Junior Honor Society and the Intensive Reading classes worked together to create PowerPoint read-alouds for students in the school’s supported level, self-contained class where students love having books and stories read to them. The project brought students from all levels of reading together to accomplish one mission and, in doing so, changed the world of others through literacy.

High School Winners:

1st Place - Ft. Myers High School - Lee County - Students created a shared reading program where hearing students were paired with fellow deaf or hard of hearing students to read and discuss a book of their choosing. The hearing student also worked to create lesson plans that could then be used to further support student learning and the advancement of literacy skills with hearing impaired students. Through multimedia, social media, and media presentations, student shared their experiences with others in their school, community, and state during Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! The school also plans to expand their initiative into the neighboring middle and elementary schools in order to make an impact on all hearing impaired students in their community.

2nd Place - Marathon High School - Monroe County - Motivating students to read at home was the driving force for the students and teachers at Marathon High School. Working together, students and teachers organized and created a Literacy Night - Book Exchange which promoted independent reading while building a culture that values literacy. The event included live student readings, an invitation to participate in the event’s book exchange, and a lovely dinner prepared by the culinary arts students. A wonderful time was had by all and through this event students recognized the impact of literacy in their world.

2015 Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! Contest Winners

Elementary Schools

  • 1st Place: Cambridge Elementary School, Brevard County
  • 2nd Place: Ketterlinus Elementary School, St. Johns County
  • 3rd Place: Forest City Elementary School, Seminole County

Middle Schools

  • 1st Place: Explorer K-8 School, Hernando County
  • 2nd Place: Dunnellon Middle School, Marion County
  • 3rd Place: Baker Middle School, Okaloosa County

High Schools

  • 1st Place: Choice High School, Okaloosa County
  • 2nd Place: Marianna High School, Jackson County
  • 3rd Place: Niceville High School, Okaloosa County

2015 Early Childhood Cozy Corner Reading Nook Photo Contest Winners

  • 1st place and the winner of a gift basket valued at $300 - Buttons and Bows Preschool in Hollywood, FL
  • 2nd place and the winner of a gift basket valued at $200 - Global Learning Child Development Center, Lake Worth, FL
  • 3rd place and the winner of a gift basket valued at $100 - Global Learning of Stuart, Stuart FL

2012-13 Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! Contest Winners

Voluntary Prekindergarten Level

  • 1st place St. Paul's Catholic Preschool, Lake County "Take the Lead and Read"

Elementary School Level

  • 1st Place North Grade Elementary School, Palm Beach County "Florida Reading Style"
  • 2nd Place The Villages Charter School, Sumter County "Reading Freenzy"
  • 3rd Place Griffin Elementary School, Broward County "Reading is Leading"

Middle School Level

  • 1st Place Lake Gibson Middle School, Polk County "Take the Lead and Read"
  • 2nd Place Fruit Cove Middle School, St. Johns County "Imagination Transportation"
  • 3rd Place Swift Creek Middle School, Leon County "Reading is Magical: Take the Lead and Read"

High School Level

  • 1st Place West Broward High School, Broward County "Reading Wizard"
  • 2nd Place Marchman Technical Education Center, Pasco County "Copy Cat"
  • 3rd Place Cypress Bay High School, Broward County "Experience Learn, Imagine"

2011-12 Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! Contest Winners

Elementary School Level

  • 1st Place Cunningham/Canal Point Elementary School, Palm Beach County, "Little Reader Who Became a Leader"
  • 2nd Place Timber Trace Elementary School, Palm Beach County, "Florida Readers… Start Your Engines!"
  • 3rd Place Spessard Holland Elementary School, Polk County, "Readers are Leaders"

Middle School Level

  • 1st Place Lake Gibson Middle School, Polk County, "Fall in Love with Reading"
  • 2nd Place Explorer K-8 School, Hernando County, "When Reading Comes to Life"
  • 3rd Place Stambaugh Middle School, Polk County, "Readin' and Leadin'"

High School Level

  • 1st Place Clearwater High School, Pinellas County, "Be a Reader Leader"
  • 2nd Place Cypress Lake High School, Lee County, "Silhouettes"
  • 3rd Place Florida Virtual School - High School, "Need to Escape? Just Pick up a Book"

2011 Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! Contest Winners

Elementary School Level

  • 1st Place Palm Beach County Cunningham/Canal Point Elementary School "Super Reader"
  • 2nd Place Polk County Spessard Holland Elementary School "Adventures in Reading"
  • 3rd Place Dade County Kinloch Park Elementary School "Sport of Champions"

Middle School Level

  • 1st Place Pasco County Crews Lake Middle School "Champions Read, Readers Lead"
  • 2nd Place Marion County Dunnellon Middle School "Authors are Champions"
  • 3rd Place Orange County Ocoee Middle School "Champions Read, Readers Lead"

High School Level

  • 1st Place Palm Beach County Boca Raton Community High School "Keep Dickens Alive"
  • 2nd Place Leon County Godby High School "Champions Read, Readers Lead"
  • 3rd Place Broward County West Broward High School "WBHS Reading PSA"

2010 Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! Contest Winners

Elementary School Level

  • 1st Place Brevard County South Lake Elementary School “Just Read, Florida!
  • 2nd Place Clay County Clay Hill Elementary School “Be What you Read!
  • 3rd Place Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind Deaf Elementary Gore Hall “Just Read, Florida!

Middle School Level

  • 1st Place Seminole County Teague Middle School “I’m a FlorREADian!
  • 2nd Place Lake County East Ridge Middle School "Reading Works
  • 3rd Place Marion County Dunnellon Middle School “Literacy Illuminates

High School Level

  • 1st Place Pasco County Marshman Technical Education Center "Page Turner"
  • 2nd Place Lee County Cypress Lake High School "Read, Learn, Achieve"
  • 3rd Place Volusia County Deltona High School “Literacy Freestyle

2009 Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! Contest Winners

Elementary School Level

  • 1st Place Polk County R. Bruce Wagner Elementary School “Why Don’t You Read a Book”
  • 2nd Place Martin County Palm City Elementary School “You Gotta Read”
  • 3rd Place Osceola County Lakeview Elementary School “Invest in Reading”

Middle School Level

  • 1st Place Marion County Dunnellon Middle School “I’m a Reader”
  • 2nd Place St. Johns County Fruit Cove Middle School "Do You Want to Read?"
  • 3rd Place Seminole County Indian Trails Middle School “Couch Potato”

High School Level

  • 1st Place Alachua County Buchholz High School "Just Read, Florida!"
  • 2nd Place Orange County Edgewater High School "Celebrate Literacy Week Florida"
  • 3rd Place Osceola County Osceola High School “Just Read” (Open Captioned)

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