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MCIU's "Reading Olympics" Returns to LMSD!

Hundreds of fourth- and fifth-grade students from throughout the area recently gathered at Lower Merion High School to participate in the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit’s (MCIU) Reading Olympics!

The Reading Olympics is an annual academic competition in which participating students are tasked with reading a pre-selected list of books before convening to compete against other teams in answering questions based on those books. The program aims to promote critical thinking and teamwork while broadening students’ education, vocabulary, literacy skills and reading genres. The team with the most correct answers and highest points earned is the winner!

The teams from each school were guided by teacher-coaches who have been working with their students throughout the year in preparation for the event by reviewing characters, themes, plots, settings and more to ensure their kids were as prepared as possible! Representing LMSD at this year’s event were squads from Belmont Hills, Cynwyd, Gladwyne, Merion, Penn Valley and Penn Wynne, as well a team of fifth graders from Black Rock Middle School!

Congratulations to all of this year's participating students on a tremendous showing! Be sure to click through the slideshow below to see how much fun the students had during the event!

Group photo of the Black Rock Middle School team at the reading olympics
Cynwyd's students sit in a circle on the floor as they compete in the reading olympics
Students on Team Black Rock sit on the floor as they discuss possible answers
A teacher reads one of the questions aloud at the reading olympics
Students on team Black Rock, seated on the floor, listen intently to a question read aloud
Students on Team Cynwyd sit on the floor as they compete in the reading olympics
Students on Team Black Rock, seated on the floor, compete in the reading olympics
Team Gladwyne sits in a circe on the floor as they discuss an answer to a question
Team Belmont Hills sits in a circle on the floor as they listen to the moderator
Team Belmont Hills sits on the floor as they brainstorm an answer to the question
Two Black Rock students sit on the floor in contemplation at the reading olympics
Team Belmont Hills sits in a circle on the floor as they participate in the reading olympics
Team Penn Wynne sits in a circle on the floor as they participate in the reading olympics
Parents and guardians applaud as Team Belmont Hills gives a correct answer
Members of Team Penn Wynne smile at the camera as they sit on the floor
A crowded classroom full of parents/guardians and family members at the Reading Olympics
Team Gladwyne sits in a circle on the floor as they discuss a possible answer
A crowded classroom full of parents/guardians and family members at the Reading Olympics
Team Penn Valley seated in a circle on the floor
Team Penn Valley seated in a circle on the floor
Team Penn Wynne sits in a circle on the floor as they participate in the reading olympics
Team Penn Wynne sits in a circle on the floor as they participate in the reading olympics
Team Penn Valley seated in a circle on the floor
Members of Team Penn Wynne lean in to whisper their guesses to the question
Team Gladwyne sits in a circe on the floor as they discuss an answer to a question
Members of Team Gladwyne chat during the reading olympics
Team Penn Wynne sits in a circle on the floor as they participate in the reading olympics
Members of Team Gladwyne sitting on the floor at the reading olympics
Team Gladwyne sits in a circe on the floor as they discuss an answer to a question
Team Gladwyne sits in a circe on the floor as supportive parents, guardians and teachers look on
Team Gladwyne sits in a circe on the floor as they discuss an answer to a question
Team Belmont Hills sits in a circle on the floor as they listen to the moderator
Team Belmont Hills sits in a circle on the floor as they listen to the moderator
Team Belmont Hills sits in a circle on the floor
Team Belmont Hills huddles up to come up with an answer
A member of Team Penn Valley laughs with his teammates
Team Penn Wynne and their coach watch the goings-on from their corner of the classroom
Team Penn Valley seated in a circle on the floor
Team Penn Wynne huddles up to discuss their answer
Team Penn Wynne listens as another team guesses the answer
A crowded classroom full of parents/guardians and family members at the Reading Olympics
Team Penn Wynne sits in a circle and leans in to discuss their answer
Team Penn Wynne sits in a circle on the floor as they participate in the reading olympics
Three members of Team Cynwyd discuss their answer
A member of Team Cynwyd catches the photographer taking a photo of him
A member of Team Cynwyd leans in to brainstorm with teammates
A member of Team Cynwyd leans in to brainstorm with teammates

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