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Greenwood-Phinney area school teams qualify for Global Reading Challenge finals tomorrow

A couple of Greenwood and Phinney Ridge area elementary schools have teams that qualified for the all-city finals in the annual Global Reading Challenge.

The finals are from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday (tomorrow) at the Central Library downtown and will feature nine teams of fourth- and fifth-graders from Seattle Public Schools. The event is free and open to the public.

More than 3,000 students from 65 schools participated this year. Team members read 10 books from November to early February, then were quizzed on the books during in-school challenges. The winning team from each school proceeded to the semifinals, and the winner from each semifinal advanced to the City Final Challenge.

Viewlands Elementary in North Greenwood/Crown Hill (team name Dabbing Dolphins) and Whittier Elementary in Ballard (team name Banana Squids) are competing, as are teams from Martin Luther King Jr., Sand Point, Pathfinder, Bryant, Green Lake, Adams and Decatur.

Congratulations to all the students who competed, and good luck to all the finalists Tuesday night!