It's been another banner year for the WOW! World Reading Challenge. This year’s top Pictou County winners are Walter Duggan Elementary School and Thorburn Junior High School.
In addition, Pictou County schools brought home several other medals too. Pictou Landing Elementary School’s outstanding effort this year earned their school a gold medal, and a 1st place standing in the First Nation Division for Elementary Schools. W.A. MacLeod Elementary School placed 3rd in the Tartan Division for Elementary Schools, bringing home the bronze medal (Walter Duggan Elementary School, and A.G Baillie Elementary School are both past champions in this category). And the Pictou Landing GED won the Gold medal in the Justice Division.
A number of schools in Pictou County participated in the 2014 WOW! Reading Challenge sponsored by the Adopt-a-Library Literacy Program (which ran from November 2013 to April 2014). In total 88 schools participated in the program this year from Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, consisting of 14,562 students. Overall they read an outstanding total of 1,332,199 books at the elementary level and 1,418,673 pages at the Junior High and High School Levels.
The WOW! Reading Challenge is hosted by the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library through a partnership with the RCMP, local policing agencies, schools, school boards and community sponsors.