• Smokey Bear program Thursday July 31 at 1 p.m. at the Upsala Public Library has been cancelled.

Holdingford Students Win Winter Reading Trophy

 Holdingford Students Win Winter Reading Trophy

A new rivalry has begun between students at Upsala Area Schools and Holdingford Public Schools. The two schools challenged each other to a reading contest, and used the Great River Regional Library (GRRL) Winter Reading Program to provide the contest structure.

The library’s winter reading program theme was “Escape Into Reading.” To qualify for prizes, participants read books, recorded the titles on entry forms and turned the forms in at the library to qualify for weekly prize drawings. Upsala and Holdingford students did the same thing. They read books, recorded the titles on entry forms, and returned the completed forms to the public library in Upsala. The forms recorded five book titles each.

“We used pink and green slips to keep track of each school’s entries,” explained Debbie Disher, Holdingford Media Specialist. “According to our count, Holdingford had 17 percent participation and Upsala 16 percent. We won!” The difference was two slips, just ten books. Holdingford won possession of a new traveling trophy.

“Yes, Holdingford won … this year,” conceded Wanda Erickson, who is the Branch Manager at the GRRL library in Upsala as well as the Media Specialist at Upsala Area Schools. “Both schools plan to rev up enthusiasm next year and the trophy will help,” Erickson said.

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Accepting the Winter Reading Program traveling trophy are (L to R) Debbie Disher, Meghan Hicks and Ava Ruprecht from Holdingford while GRRL Upsala Branch Manager Wanda Erickson and Upsala Area Schools senior MaKenna Peterson hand over the award.