Fisher and Barringer Road elementary schools each held March Madness book tournaments to determine their second grade’s favorite book. The next logical step was to pair the two winning books in a head-to-head competition to determine the Thunder champion.
On Monday, Apr. 4, Fisher winner The Old Lady Who Named Things by Cynthia Rylant squared off against Barringer winner Not Afraid of Dogs by Susanna Pitzer.
The second graders got together via Google Hangouts (video conferencing) projected on classroom smartboards. Fisher teacher Laura LiBritz and Barringer teacher Maggie Wesolowski each read a book aloud for the digitally combined classes. It was then up to the students to vote. School bias played no part as The Old Lady Who Named Things, won in a landslide, 104 to 49.
“The students really enjoyed the books and the experience of seeing their peers in the other school,” said Mrs. Wesolowski.