Page students have been watching construction projects near their school all year. They’ve seen the new Learning Center take shape on ground just south of their school and more recently have watched as excavators and bulldozers began preparing ground just west of their school for the new tennis courts.
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With dramatic “Survivor” music playing in the background, 18 Page Elementary classroom champions stepped up the microphone on the high school auditorium stage. In front of all their classmates and some family members, the contestants answered detailed questions about books they read.
One by one, Page Elementary fourth-graders used their gloved hand to feel a blackened pig’s lung and watch as a high school student inflated the lung using a foot pump. One side of the lung plumped easily while the other side was used to show the effects of tobacco on the lungs.
Battle of the Books is on again this year at Page Elementary, but without the guiding hand and thoughtful questions from the person who passionately introduced and organized the program at Page more than 10 years ago.