Tarrant Elementary School won $5,000 for its participation in the Alabama Education Association's "Be a Champion and Read" contest.
The "Be a Champion and Read" contest which is in its third year, aims to get students and parents excited about reading with prizes as an incentive. Students are challenged to read six reading-level appropriate books to qualify for the two grand prizes. The grand prizes are Iron Bowl tickets, one winner for each team, with two guests and a visit to the athletic hospitality room and to the field during the pre-game activities in addition to the grand prize contest, all schools with at least 70 percent participation are entered to win $5,000 for their library.
Tarrant Elementary won the $5,000 , and Dr. Shelly Mize, superintendent for Tarrant Schools, said the school had the highest participation in the state. The money will go toward purchasing new books and resources for the school media center, according to Mize.
The $5,000 check will be presented to the school's media specialist, Louise Parsons, Tuesday afternoon during an assembly. Parsons was in charge of the contest for Tarrant Elementary.