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Department of Education Congratulates Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! Contest Winners


February 8, 2019 

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Department of Education Congratulates Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! Contest Winners
~ Video contest winners earn cash prize for school libraries ~

Tallahassee, Fla., February 8, 2019 – Today, the Florida Department of Education announced the winners of the Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! Spreading Literacy One Week at a Time video contest. The goal of the annual week-long celebration is promoting literacy and encouraging Florida students to establish excellent reading habits.

Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran said, “Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! Spreading Literacy One Week at a Time video contest. Strong reading skills are necessary for students to succeed in all aspects of life, and I am extremely proud of all of the students who took the time to share their love of reading.”

To compete in the contest, students created a YouTube video that communicated how they share literacy or the importance of reading in their lives. With the focus on sharing a love for reading, submissions were judged by the number of YouTube views each video received. The top three submissions in each grade grouping (elementary, middle, high) earned a cash prize to purchase books for their school library.

Florida Lottery Secretary Jim Poppell said, “The Florida Lottery is proud to partner with the Department of Education to congratulate the contest winners of Celebrate Literacy Week. Reading is the key that unlocks so many doors for our students both inside and outside of the classroom. Since its inception, the Florida Lottery has enabled more than 800,000 students to attend college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program, which has allowed so many of them to realize their dreams. I want to thank Governor DeSantis, Commissioner Corcoran, the Florida Legislature and our partners across the state for helping us in our mission to enhance Florida’s education system and create more opportunities for the next generation.”

First Place - $1,200 Cash Prize

  • Gator Run Elementary School, Broward County
  • Oakview Middle School, Alachua County
  • Key West High School, Monroe County

Second Place - $600 Cash Prize

  • Maxey Elementary, Orange County
  • Stewart Middle School Magnet, Hillsborough County
  • Belmont Academy Charter, Columbia County

Third Place - $300 Cash Prize

  • Bryceville Elementary School, Nassau County
  • Westglades Middle School, Broward County
  • West Nassau High School, Nassau County

Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!, now in its eleventh year, is designed to raise awareness about the importance of reading and to inspire Florida’s students and families to make reading part of their daily routines. The week-long celebration is sponsored by The Florida Lottery, the Florida Education Foundation and the Florida Department of Education.

For more information about Florida’s statewide reading initiative and the importance of literacy, visit Just Read, Florida!

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