March Madness is a reading competition between teams within our school. The program was created to promote reading in a school where kids weren't reading enough. I found that the students could read, but only when they were excited about it.
Most students don't know what to read or are overwhelmed at what to select. The March Madness competition provides a platform to excite students about reading and offers them selections of books from which to choose. Our school's media center is important to this competition as it takes pressure off teachers to introduce book characters and activities to the students; instead, our media specialists coordinate book introductions. The teams, comprising different classes, compete against each other to earn points for their team through the Accelerated Reading program. Students are able to track their team's progress by checking a scoreboard near the library.
Crawford Hills Elementary School encourages reading with some friendly competition.