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Paulding County students are well-read
Paulding County students are well-read

PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. -- Two schools from Paulding County have been recognized for hosting world-class book fairs.

Union Elementary in Temple won second place in the Fall 2010 Scholastic National Book Fair Contest.

The fair's theme was "Creatures of the Night," which tied into the science curriculum and its lessons about noctural animals. The school received $1,000 in Scholastic vouchers to order more books for its media center.

Union is the first elementary school in Paulding County to place in the national competition.

However, McClure Middle School in Dallas has placed in every national book fair that it has entered.

During the 2008-2009 school year, the school placed second during both the fall and spring competitions. McClure came in first in the fall of 2009 for its "Phantom of the Book Fair" theme, then turned around and clinched another victory in the spring of 2010 for "Charlie and the Book Factory," which earned them a visit from bestselling young adult author Heather Brewer.

"We are the first middle school in the entire nation to win this title twice in the same school year," said Rhonda Boggs, media specialist at McClure Middle School. "We were recently notified that McClure again placed second in the nation for our fall book fair, 'Bookopoly.'"

Altogether, McClure's wins have earned $7,000 in Scholastic vouchers for the media center.

The Scholastic book fairs encourage students in elementary and middle school to host their own exciting fairs by creating contests, designing advertising campaigns, hosting activities and developing special themes, all aimed at getting kids to read.