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From: Holly MacLean [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
Sent: October-20-14 9:10 AM
To: Holly MacLean
Subject: WOW! Reading Challenge begins for Elementary Schools November 3rd
and Junior High, High Schools and other groups on December 1st!


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WOW! Reading Challenge begins for Elementary Schools November 3rd and Junior
High, High Schools and other groups on December 1st!


(Monday, October 20, 2014) Pictou County, NS - The WOW! Reading Challenge
began in Pictou County eight years ago, and has grown to international
acclaim for all ages. The Elementary School division competitions begin
November 3rd (with over 55 elementary schools currently registered). The
Junior High, High School, Special Needs and the Adult Divisions are all set
to begin their journey towards the title of 'Best Readers in the World' on
December 1st, 2014. Being competitive isn't reserved for the athletic, and
as people can see the WOW! Reading Challenge is a fun and friendly way of
celebrating the sport of reading. The reading competition is free, and open
to schools world-wide. 


To learn more, go to Anyone who wants to register can
contact Karen MacNeill ([log in to unmask]) or Const. John
Kennedy, Provincial Coordinator of the Adopt-a-Library Literacy Program,
([log in to unmask]). The 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.


About the program:


The WOW! Reading Challenge (or World Literacy Championship) began in the
Salt Springs Elementary School as a challenge by Const. John Kennedy of the
RCMP to see how many books the kids could read over a certain period of
time.  Now the WOW! Challenge has grown into an annual international
competition, for all ages - from the elementary schools to Junior High
Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Group Homes, Special Needs facilities,
Provincial Institutions such as jails and prisons.  


The slogan "Fighting Crime one Book at a Time" is based on Const. Kennedy's
belief that if we teach our children to read today, we can keep them out of
jail tomorrow.  After learning from the National Literary Secretariat that
65 per cent of inmates entering Canadian jails for the first time had
difficulty reading, Const. Kennedy approached the RCMP with this crime
prevention program idea. After seven years, the WOW! Reading Challenge
averages over 100 schools in Nova Scotia participating annually - consisting
of roughly 15,000 students, and they read over 1 million books at the
elementary level and over 2 million pages at the junior high level.  


The Adopt-a-Library Literacy Program is coordinated by Const. Kennedy, and
is hosted by the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library.  Several other NS RCMP
detachments are involved in the program, including First Nation communities
as well as detachments in Digby, Liverpool, Cape Breton, Pictou County,
Colchester and Cumberland Counties, and several other NS municipal police
agencies, including significant support from the Truro Police Force and Cape
Breton Regional Police.  


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Media Contact: 
John Kennedy, RCMP

Phone: 1(902) 755-6031 or toll-free 1(866)779-7761

Email: [log in to unmask]