• The competition will be Saturday, January 26, 2024. Location TBA.

    Media Center / Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl

    Elementary (from the 2024 Georgia Children’s Book Award Top 20 List)

    Air: A Novel by M. Roe
    Honestly Elliott by G. McDunn
    The List of Unspeakable Fears by J. K. Kramer
    The Midnight Children by H. Holt
    Mwikali and the Forbidden Mask by S. Nguru
    Omar Rising by A. Saeed
    Ride On by F. E. Hicks
    The Summer of June by J. Sumner
    Thirst by B. Varsha
    Tumble by C. C. Perez


    To learn more about the competition click here

  • Club Meeting Dates:

    September 21 & 28

    October 12, 19, & 26

    November 2, 9, 16, & 30

    December 7 & 14

    January 4, 11, 18, & 25

    January 26, 2024 is Competition Day! 

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    Attention 4th and 5th graders!!

    Are You a Great Reader?     Want to Read Some Great Books?     Want to Test Your Knowledge?

    Want to Compete Against Students at Other Schools in Richmond County?

    Come Join us in the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Book Club!


    The Helen Ruffin Read Bowl is a fun, gameshow type competition where you will compete against other schools in the county to test your knowledge of the selected books. At the bowl, contestants will compete to “buzz” in and correctly answer questions about this year’s books faster than the opposing teams.

    We will have an after-school reading club that will meet on Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 PM in the Media Center starting September 21st. Club members will read and discuss the selected books. Ten club members will be selected to be our Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Team. Our Barton Chapel Team will represent us at the Richmond County Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl scheduled on Friday, January 26th, 2024! Exact location TBD. If your student does not make the team of 10 competitors, they are still welcome to attend our meetings and help quiz our team members as we prepare for the competition.

     How do you let me know you will be joining our Helen Ruffin Reading Club?

     1. Turn in the permission slip below by Thursday, September 21st. (Extra copies available in the Media Center)

    2. Check out and start reading the books. (List attached)

    3. Plan to stay for our meetings from 3:30-4:30 on Thursdays.


    Let me know if you have any questions!


    Rita Vasquez, Media Specialist

    Barton Chapel Elementary






    I want to be part of the Reading Bowl Team and I will do my part to read the books and come to the meetings.


    Student signature: _________________________________Date: ___________ Homeroom Teacher: ________________________________________


    I give my child permission to be part of Barton Chapel’s Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl team. I can pick up my child at school at 4:30 pm on Thursdays.


    Parent signature: _________________________________Date: ___________   Parent email: ______________________________________________


    Best phone number: ________________________________________


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