RCSS Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl

  • The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl 


    Mrs. Helen Ruffin, a dynamic and innovative Library Media Specialist at Sky Haven Elementary School in DeKalb County, created a unique reading competition in 1986. It was called The Reading Bowl and, in a competitive game format, questioned students about the content of the 20 Georgia Book Award Nominees each year. Her vision was to have teams, comprised of students from different schools, compete to test their knowledge of the selected books.

    This idea came to her after serving on the Georgia Book Award Nomination Committee at the University of Georgia, in 1985. This book award began in the Department of Language Education at the University of Georgia’s College of Education and its purpose, according to their website is, “to foster a love of reading in the children of Georgia, and to introduce them to books of literary excellence”. From this experience Mrs. Ruffin shared her vision with her colleagues who embraced the idea and helped her press forward.

    In 2000, after Mrs. Ruffin’s retirement, several Library Media Specialists formed the DeKalb County Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl (HRRB). Other school districts in Georgia heard about this unique reading initiative and soon wanted to join in the competition.

    Richmond County has participated in this competition for the last ten years.  Our schools have advanced to the Regional and Divisional levels.  



    Important Dates

    • Saturday, January 26th - District Bowl, Belair K-8 School.  Registration begins at 8am.  
    • Saturday, February 9th - Regional Bowl, A.R. Johnson Magnet School.  Registration begins at 8.
    • Divisional Bowl - TBA
    • March 30 - State Bowl