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Nazareth Students Win Digital Story Book Challenge

Students from Nazareth Area Intermediate School won first, second and third place in a recent competition -- Keystone Kids Challenge -- involving digital story books.

The on Monday honored students and teachers from for winning a recent competition involving digital story books -- or online book reports, essentially.

The fifth-grade students swept first, second and third places in a competition called Keystone Kids Challenge, organized by the Intermediate Unit 20. The students, from several classes, created online presentations about novels they read. The presentations were then posted to the IU website.

The winning students and teachers screened the presentation that won first place, “Sign of the Beaver,” for the school board and the public at Monday’s board meeting. Fifth-grader Haillee Banko-Young provided narration to go along with the video images, as a large contingent of students and parents looked on.

The online book report challenge is part of the district’s focus on emphasizing reading at a fifth-grade level, said Assistant Superintendent Michael Roth. At that grade level, standardized test scores in reading traditionally dip, he said.

“We decided to focus on fifth grade… and make reading come alive,” Roth said.

Superintendent Victor Lesky noted that it is part of the district’s mission to “prepare kids for the future.”

“They learn differently than we did,” he said.

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