On April 7, Ray Middle School held a Buzzin' for Books Family Night, featuring a staff basketball game and trivia games based on four novels. The event was the culmination of a school-wide book project that mimicked the NCAA basketball tournament.
The Buzzin' for Books project began in March, when students were encouraged to read and review 64 novels. Students voted on the novels they liked best, and, following the basketball tournament format, the list was narrowed down to 16, then eight, four, two and one book. A book bracket was displayed in the school's library to keep students informed over the weeks on which novels were advancing as the most popular among the sixth- and seventh-graders.
The winning book, Twilight, was announced during family fun night.
The Buzzin' for Books project was funded through a grant that reading teacher Cherrill Scuderi and library media specialist Darlene St. John received from OCM BOCES.
Students check out the book bracket in Ray Middle School's library to see if their favorite novels have advanced in the school's voting.