• 61°

Super Reading Bowl: local students challenge Denver school

The students at West Rowan Middle School are ramping up for the Super Bowl with a little healthy competition. Students at the school have challenged Hamilton Middle School, in Denver, Colo., to a reading competition.

The face-off is the work of Jerry Pittman, the technology facilitator at West Rowan Middle. Pittman said he saw cities, mayors and other officials in the two states challenging each other before Sunday’s big game.

“We just started thinking what we could do as a school,” he said.

Pittman said he thought about the school district’s drive to foster a love of reading among students, and had an idea. He looked up middle schools in Denver, found one that’s similar in size to West Rowan Middle, and sent the challenge. When the school, Hamilton Middle, accepted, Pittman and the faculty of West Rowan Middle broke the news to students.

“Everyone was really enthusiastic about it,” he said.

The challenge is simple: which school can read the most pages before the Super Bowl? Pittman created a Google Form where kids are able to post their name, the book they’re reading and how many pages they’ve finished. Pittman posts updates on the school’s progress via Schoology.

“I just thought it’d be fun for our school, fun for all the kids,” Pittman said.

The challenge kicked off Monday, and Pittman said that by Tuesday afternoon, students at West Rowan Middle logged 2,300 completed pages. They have until Friday to beat Hamilton Middle. As of Tuesday afternoon, Pittman said Hamilton Middle had not responded with their total count.

Like any good wager, there’s a price for losing. If West Rowan Middle loses, the faculty, staff and students promised to wear Bronco colors for a day. If Hamilton Middle loses, they have to dab – like Panthers quarterback Cam Newton does when he celebrates — and snap a photo.

But Pittman has no doubt that West Rowan Middle, and the Panthers, will be victorious.

“I know our kids will do really well,” he said.

Comments

Elections

NC elections board, Republicans at odds over absentee ballot rule changes

News

Voters struggling with witness rules in early voting

News

Trump expected to announce conservative Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court

Coronavirus

County reports COVID-19 percent positive rate of 8%

Local

Rowan County United Way sets $1.5 million goal at drive-in kickoff event

Crime

Blotter: Adult daughters accused of beating up mother

China Grove

China Grove firefighters injured after engine overturns

Business

Salisbury VA to reopen entry, exit gates

Crime

Sheriff’s Office looking for suspect in Burlington Coat Factory theft

Elections

Requests for absentee ballots top 9,000 in Rowan

Local

Spencer approves supplemental USDA loan for Park Plaza project

Business

11 locals will make up Empire Redevelopment Task Force

Local

New finance director excited to prove himself, continue on path set by predecessor

Coronavirus

County health officials report four new COVID-19 deaths

Elections

Trump promotes health care ‘vision’ at stop in Charlotte but gaps remain

Crime

Blotter: Woman charged with stealing mom’s dog

Business

Rowan County hires Howden as new finance director

Local

Exhibit about Jim Crow-era travel on display at NC Transportation Museum

Elections

GOP elections board members resign over absentee settlement

Crime

Drive-by shooting injures 24-year-old Salisbury man

Crime

Highway Patrol: Vehicle fled after striking, killing pedestrian on Camp Road

Local

Locals to be inducted into NC Military Veterans Hall of Fame

Business

Fall fun, with a twist: Patterson Farm adjusts to guidelines, offers new version of traditional events

Nation/World

Sayers, Piccolo friendship lives on in ‘Brian’s Song’