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RTSD Hosts DCIU Reading Olympics for First Time

Reading Olympics 2016
May 6, 2016

Dozens of RTSD Students Participate in the Delaware County Intermediate Unit's 2016 Reading Olympics Held at Radnor High School, May 2-4

Volunteers For the first time in the event's history, the Delaware County Intermediate Unit's Reading Olympics was hosted by Radnor Township School District this year. Dozens of RTSD students from all five schools joined 171 student teams from 12 different school districts, the archdiocese and local private schools for the largest single event ever housed at Radnor High School. In all, nearly 2,000 students participated.

The high school teams and half of the elementary school teams competed on May 2; all middle school teams competed on May 3; and the remaining half of the elementary school teams competed on May 4.

The members of each team were tasked to read dozens of books over the course of the school year that were selected by a committee of librarians, reading specialists and teachers. During the competition, students participated in three rounds of questioning against three different teams and answered questions about the selected books. Teams received a blue, red or white ribbon, in that order, depending on how they fared against their opponents.

DCIU representatives and more than 20 RTSD volunteers staffed the event each night. Corporate partners assisted with remote parking and the RTSD Transportation Department provided shuttle service for visitors. Students from three different RHS clubs raised funds for various causes by selling refreshments at the event.
"Our guests from across the county gushed with compliments about Radnor’s beautiful building, welcoming staff, helpful signage and meticulous organization," Dr. Maureen McQuiggan, RTSD's director of curriculum and instruction/professional development, said. "The DCIU repeatedly mentioned that ours was the most well supported Reading Olympics event they have ever been a part of."

In addition to the event showcasing RHS and the district as a whole, it also allowed RTSD students to shine.
Students in Radnor High School's Battle of the Books Club had two teams competing this year. "Rad New World" earned a red ribbon and "The Art of Reading in the Rain" earned a white ribbon.
Radnor Middle School fielded seven teams comprised of more than 90 total students who read 45 books. The teams earned four white ribbons, two blue ribbons and one red ribbon.
Ithan Reading Olympics Ithan Elementary School fielded eight teams comprised of a total of 90 students. Each team earned a blue ribbon. "Congratulations to our 4th- and 5th-graders for your wonderful participation," principal IES Tronya Boylan said. "The students were supported by many staff members and parents and showed great sportsmanship."

Radnor Elementary School fielded four teams comprised of 51 total students - the largest participation in the history of Reading Olympics for the school.
Wayne Elementary School teams earned three blue ribbons and one red ribbon. "Most important to me, the children read over 500 books!" said WES librarian Susan Dahlstrom.

Thank you to the many district staff members and parents who volunteered their time to make the event a tremendous success. You all make us Radnor Proud!