Going Public: Clippard Elementary School Advances To Final Round Of National Literacy Contest

Feb 6, 2020

Cape Girardeau public school, Clippard Elementary has entered into the finals of the 2020 Imagine Learning Literacy Bowl contest.

Last week, only ten schools participating in the national program made the list for round three, with Clippard stepping forward as the only elementary school from Missouri. Earlier this week, the local students were named finalists, and will be going up against conference rival, Kathleen H. Wilbur Elementary School in Delaware through Friday to see who will move on to compete in the championship round. 

Principal Amy Emmenderfer says this is the first year the Cape Public School District has been participating in the Imagine Learning program, which serves as a supplement to the school's reading series.

"It gives teachers data on how students are doing on specific reading skills that are geared to those grade levels," says Emmenderfer. "Every time a student logs in, [it] tracks that data for Imagine Learning."

The program's contest is a play off of the NFL's Super Bowl and offers students an incentive to work at their lessons, but Emmenderfer says she's further sweetened the pot. 

"I'll let [teachers] earn a sweatpants day if they get all their minutes in, and students will have a big surprise for them," says Emmenderfer.

The 2020 Literacy Bowl Champion is expected to be announced on Monday, Feb. 10.



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