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Liberty Ridge Elementary earns fourth in Read to the Final Four competition
Posted on 04/08/2019
Students at ceremony Third-grade students at Liberty Ridge Elementary School finished fourth place in “Read to the Final Four,” a statewide reading competition that is sponsored by the Minneapolis Final Four Local Organizing Committee and the NCAA. The announcement was made during a special ceremony at the NCAA Fan Fest on Monday, April 8. 

Liberty Ridge Elementary’s third-grade class was one of four that gathered at the Minneapolis Convention Center for the announcement. Students were greeted by cheerleaders and dance teams from Texas Tech and Virginia as they arrived and then danced while waiting for the event to begin. During the ceremony, students heard from Minnesota native and three-time NBA Champion Devean George, who shared the importance of learning through reading and asking questions. 

Through the competition this school year, 149 Liberty Ridge Elementary School students have read more than 20,500 books over a period of 267,000 minutes. In addition to the school’s accomplishment, eight of these readers are also in the top 10 for total minutes logged the entire competition including, A.J. Kooiker, Liam Glancy, Ethan Pedersen, Henry Aldrich, Zaid Murtuza, Tyson Xiong, Henry Stamm and Alex Rumsey. A.J. was also named the MVP for the school and won a new bike and helmet.

After the ceremony, students had the opportunity to check out all that the NCAA Fan Fest had to offer. 

“Our students have been putting in long hours at school, before the school day, at home, on vacation and after school in order to move on in the competition,” said Amanda Weierke, a third-grade teacher at Liberty Ridge Elementary. “We have seen kids who were reluctant readers, low readers, high readers and everyone in between jump onboard and show major excitement about reading!” 

The “Read to the Final Four” initiative gave students access to more than 5,800 digital books and allowed them to track their books and minutes read through an online platform that teachers and parents could access.