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"Children who read Become adults who lead"



Its with great sadness that we announce the recent passing of Mrs. Helen Ruffin, founder of the state-wide Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl.  Mrs. Ruffin has been a positive force for children and children's literature throughout her extensive career.  She led the way to create a competition for students that allowed them to come together to celebrate reading, and each other, for many years.  Her constant slogan that, "Children who read become adults who lead," still resonates with us as does her warm smile and her gentle spirit.  We are grateful to her for all that she has done and we invite you to celebrate her life, legacy and many contributions with us as we mourn our loss.






Several Years ago Mrs. Helen Ruffin,
a very dynamic and innovative person was the library media specialist at Sky Haven Elementary School in DeKalb County, Georgia. In 1985, she served on the selection committee for the Georgia Children’s Book Award nominee program. This literature program began in the Department of Language Education at the University of Georgia’s College of Education. This literature program inspired her to use the nominee books to encourage her students to read.
Mrs. Ruffin created a unique reading competition
in game format using the award nominees. It was called the Reading Bowl. Her vision was to have teams comprised of students from different schools compete to test their knowledge of the selected books. She shared this vision with her colleagues. They embraced her idea and pressed forward.

Today, the Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl is open to students in grades four through twelve across the state. The DeKalb County’s School System’s Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl has been a leader in this endeavor. They have hosted both the local and state competition within the DeKalb County School System.
Registration is held in the fall of each year. The competition takes place on a Saturday morning in late winter. January 31,2015 will mark the 16th annual countywide competition.

NEWS!!! NEWS!! The Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl will only use the original 20 titles on the Georgia Book Awards Nominees list and the 20 titles on the Ga. Peach Teen Book Award Nominees list. There are 16 titles for the elementary students and all twenty titles from the GBA will be used for middle school students during the 2014-2015 school term.

February 7, 2015 is the date for the Regional Bowls.
the location and persons to contact are:




North Region:
Chestatee Middle School
2740 Fran Mar Drive
Gainesville, GA 30506-1136

North Coordinator
Laura Seymour
Riverbend Elementary
1742 Cleveland Hwy.
Gainesville, Georgia
email: hrrb.north@yahoo.com




West Region
University Of West Georgia
1601 Maple St,
Carrollton, GA 30118
(678)839-5000

Coordinators:
Jean Cook
jcook@westga.edu

Stephen Williams
Email: stephenlwilliams@bellsouth.net

Metro Region
Clayton State University
2000 Clayton State Boulevard
Morrow, GA 30260 • (678) 466-4000.

Metro Coordinator:
Sue Ann Prigge
Email: SueAnn_M_Prigge@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us

Middle Georgia Region
Warner Robbins High School
(478) 929-7877
Middle Georgia Coordinator:
Doreen Smith
Email: doreen.smith@hcbe.net

East Region
Greene County High School
1441 MLK Drive
Greensboro, Ga.30642

East Coordinators:
Terrie Gribanow
Email:gribanowt@mcduffie.k12.ga.us
Verley Dotson
Email: verley.dotson@greene.k12.ga.u

South Region

Valdosta State University
1500 Patterson Street
Valdosta, Ga, 31698
229-333-5800

South Coordinators:
Jaime Rearley
Email: jrearley@liberty.k12.ga.us

Shan Peters
Email: rpeters@camden.k12.ga.us
Georgia Children's Book Award Program is the partner of the Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl. The winning teams from the two HRRB Divisional Bowls will meet at the Georgia Children's Literature Conference in March,2015, for the State Championship of the Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl. The Georgia Children's Literature Conference is held at Athens, Georgia.
Benefits of the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Students will:
Increase standardized test scores
Increase reading comprehension
Develop an appreciation for literature
Enhance verbal communication skills
Promote cooperation
Build self-esteem
Develop team spirit
Improve academic achievement

“Students who read become adults who lead.”
Helen Ruffin
The Six Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Regions
The North HRRB Division:
Bartow,,Calhoun City,Cartersville City,Catoosa,Chattooga, Cherokee,Chickamauga City,Dade,Dalton City,Dawson, Fannin,Forsyth,Gainesville City,Gilmer,Gordon, Habersham, Hall,Lumpkin,Murray,Pickens,Rabun,Towns,Trion City,Union,Walker,White,Whitfield, and non-public school organizations(see rules for inclusions)


The West HRRB Division:
Bremen City,Butts, Carroll City,Schools,Carroll County,
Chattahoochee,Cobb,Coweta,Douglas,Floyd,Haralson,Harris,Heard,Lamar, Marietta City,Marion,Meriwether,Muscogee,Paulding,Pike,Polk,Rome City,Spalding,Talbot,Taylor,Thomaston-Upson,Troup,and non-public school organizations(see rules for inclusions).



The East HRRB Division:
Banks,Barrow,,Burke,Candler,Clarke,Columbia,Commerce City,Effingham, Elbert,Emanuel,Franklin,Glascock,Greene,Hancock,Hart, Jackson, Jefferson,Jefferson City,Jenkins,Lincoln,Madison,McDuffie,Oconee,Oglethorpe, Richmond,Screven,Social Circle City,Stephens,Taliaferro, Treutlen,Walton,Warren,Wilkes,and non-public school organizations(see rules for inclusions).



Metro HRRB Division:
Atlanta City,Clayton,DeKalb,Fulton,Gwinnett,Henry,Newton,Rockdale,and non-public school organizations(see rules for inclusions).



Middle HRRB Division:
Baldwin,Bibb,Bleckley,Bulloch,Crawford,Dublin City,Fayette,Houston,Jasper,Johnson, Jones,Laurens,Macon,Monroe,Montgomery,Morgan,Peach,Putnam,Schley,Sumter, Twiggs,Washington,Wilkinson,and non-public school organizations(see rules for inclusions).



South HRRB Division:
Appling,Atkinson,Bacon,Baker,Ben Hill,Berrien,Brantley,Brooks,Bryan,Calhoun, Camden,Charlton,Chatham,Clay,Clinch,Coffee,Colquitt,Cook,Crisp,Decatur,Dodge, Dooly,Dougherty,Early,Echols,Evans,Glynn,Grady,Irwin,Lanier,Jeff Davis,Lee, Liberty,Long,Lowndes,McIntosh,Miller,Mitchell,Pelham City,Pierce,Pulaski,Quitman,Randolph,Seminole,Stewart,Tattnall,Telfair,Terrell,
Thomas,Thomasville City,Tift,Toombs,Turner, Valdosta City,Vidalia City,Ware,Wayne,Webster,Wheeler,Wilcox,Worth,and non-public school organizations(see rules for inclusions).







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