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Morrisville reading team takes top honors at competition

The Morrisville Borough School District is celebrating the success of its intermediate school’s Reading Olympics team.

Members of the “Deli Drop Everything And Read” team earned a blue ribbon during their competition in April.

The Bucks County Schools Intermediate Unit No. 22 staged the event at Mill Creek Elementary School in Bristol Township.

It included students from several Bucks County schools.

The competition encourages “children to read more by helping them to discover the joy and excitement of reading and talking about books,” said Assunta Deliman, the Morrisville team’s co-advisor. “Using a team format, students share their comprehension of books read during weekly study sessions.”

The teams competed in three rounds of challenges based on the 45 books they had the option to read prior to the contest.

This year’s books included “When You Reach Me” by Rebecca Stead, “The Wild Robot” by Peter Brown and “Wings of Fire, The Dragonet Prophecy” by Tui T. Sutherland.

The Morrisville team captured the highest honor in the competition by besting a team from Council Rock.

Teammate Adam Hampton, a Morrisville fifth-grader, read all 45 book selections in this year’s competition.

“It was a challenge, but I made my mom very proud of me,” Adam, 11, said. “I enjoyed being with the other kids and talking about the books we read.”

Students who want to participate in the Reading Olympics have to maintain good grades and “high standards of behavior,” said Assunta, who serves as Morrisville’s reading specialist, English department coordinator and federal funds coordinator.

“I believe inclusion in this reading challenge gives students a sense of purpose and confidence in reading books of all genres,” she said.