Reading Olympians

Reading Olympians is a program designed to promote reading, teamwork, self-confidence, and fun! Fourth and fifth-grade students at JGES work as a team to collectively read 32 books over the course of five months (October–March). Books range in reading ability from 3rd to 6th grade and include topics such as mystery, historical fiction, biography, and many more. In March, teams gather from across the district for a Reading Olympics competition. At our competitions, teams earn points and can earn gold, silver, or bronze medals by answering comprehension questions about the books they’ve read.

Reading Olympians is graciously sponsored by a grant from the Hanover Education Foundation, our local PTA organizations, and Hanover County Schools.

Be sure to check out our Reading Olympians Book List. Happy reading, teams!

Meeting Dates

All of our meetings take place in the John M. Gandy library before school (7:30–7:55 a.m.). Save these dates, and join us as often as you can.

  • October 5, 2018 - Opening Ceremony 8:20 to 8:55 a.m. in the library
  • October 10, 2018 - Meeting 1 - 7:30 to 7:55 a.m. at the Meeting Spot
  • November 7, 2018 - Meeting 2 - 7:30 to 7:55 a.m. at the Meeting Spot
    (Have your first book read by this date)
  • December 5, 2018 - Meeting 3 - 7:30 to 7:55 a.m. at the Meeting Spot
    (Have your second book read by this date)
  • January 9, 2019 - Meeting 4 - 7:30 to 7:55 a.m. at the Meeting Spot
    (Have your third book read by this date)
  • February 6, 2019 - Meeting 5 - 7:30 to 7:55 a.m. at the Meeting Spot
    (Have your fourth book read by this date)
  • March 6, 2019 - Meeting 6 - 7:30 to 7:55 a.m. at the Meeting Spot
    (5th book read by this date)


  • January 31, 2019 - Practice Competition 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Gym
  • March 29, 2019 - Competition 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Library
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