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Honey Creek wins second at Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl regionals
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The following schools had teams participating in the Third Annual Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Metro Tournament:

Elementary Schools: 

 A. Philip Randolph Elementary (Fulton County), Ashford Park Elementary (DeKalb County), Honey Creek Elementary (Rockdale County), Live Oak Elementary School (Newton County), Lorraine Elementary (Rockdale County), Morris Brandon Elementary (Atlanta Public Schools), Ola Elementary (Henry County), Parkside Elementary (Atlanta Public Schools), River Eves Elementary (Fulton County), River’s Edge Elementary (Clayton County), Shadow Rock Elementary (DeKalb County), Swint Elementary (Clayton County), and Timber Ridge Elementary (Henry County). 

Middle Schools: 

 Eagle’s Landing MS (Henry County), Henderson MS (DeKalb County), Indian Creek MS (Newton County), Miller Grove MS (DeKalb County), Mundy’s Mill MS (Clayton County), Parks MS (Atlanta Public) Sequoyah MS (Clayton County), Sutton MS (Atlanta Public Schools), Union Grove MS (Henry County), and Veterans MS (Newton County). 

High Schools: 

 Alcovy HS (Newton County), Alpharetta HS (Fulton County), Buford HS (Buford City), Carver HS (Atlanta Public), Centennial HS (Fulton), Cross Keys HS (DeKalb), Douglas HS (Atlanta Public), Lithonia HS (DeKalb), Newton HS (Newton County), Ola HS (Henry County), and Woodland HS (Henry County).

Honey Creek Elementary placed second among 13 elementary schools in the third annual regional-level Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl for Metro Atlanta schools at Clayton State University on Saturday, Feb. 5.

The Ruffin Reading bowl began in 1985 by DeKalb County by Library Media Specialist Helen Ruffin in response to the decline in reading by local students and has grown in participation to this year’s 32 metro Atlanta schools ranging from grades K-12.

 This years’ bowl held on Clayton State’s Morrow campus began at 9:30 a.m. By noon, the winners were chosen and awarded this year’s grand prize. The winners were as follows:


1st - Shadow Rock
2nd - Honey Creek
3rd - Ashford Park
4th - Timber Ridge

Middle School:    

  1st - Union Grove
2nd - Henderson
3rd - Miller Grove
4th - Eagle’s Landing

High School:

1st - Ola
2nd - Alcovy
3rd - Woodland
4th - Cross Keys.

Before the regional bowl, students read book lists for each grade level including books such as Kimberly Angle’s “Hummingbird” and “Burn… A Novel” by Kristine Phillips. On bowl day the student competitors were grilled in game format to test their knowledge of their grade levels’ selected books. This format was chosen by Ruffin in her creation and vision for the competition.

The number of metro area schools that participate has grown since the bowls’ conception and continues to grow every year. Individual schools competed in their districts for the chance to go onto the regional-level bowl at Clayton State.

For information on next year’s bowl, visit the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl website at  or contact Clayton State’s Dean of Libraries, Dr. Gordon Baker at (678) 466-4325.