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Hundreds of PSJA students participate in annual literacy competition

PHARR – Aware of the importance of literacy and dual language development, hundreds of Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (PSJA ISD) students participated in the annual Battle of the Books and Batalla de los Libros literacy competition hosted by the PSJA Library Service Department in partnership with the PSJA Dual Language Enrichment Program on January 17-20, 2023.  


The PSJA Battle of the Books Program is an annual reading program that encourages students to read a variety of genres and encourages teamwork. Every January, students from the elementary to high school level come together to demonstrate their reading and comprehension skills by being tested on books they have read. For the second year in a row, students got to compete with books they read in Spanish. 


PSJA ISD’s Battle of the Book has been taking place for over 10 years. The annual event is made possible thanks to the PSJA Education Foundation for their generous sponsorships. 


“Batalla de Libros is an awesome opportunity for our dual language students. It allows them to showcase their biliteracy skills,” said PSJA English Language Development & Biliteracy Director. “We are grateful to Mrs. Nora Galvan and her staff for putting these events together. It is a great partnership that truly benefits our students.” 


The following were the results for the 2nd Annual Batalla de los Libros:  




1st Place - Cesar Chavez Elementary  

2nd Place - Aida Escobar Elementary  

3rd Place - Santos Livas Elementary  


Middle School: 


1st Place - Raul Yzaguirre Middle School 

2nd Place - Liberty Middle School 

3rd Place - Kennedy Middle School  


High School: 


1st Place - PSJA Memorial Early College High School  

2nd Place - PSJA ECHS 

3rd Place - PSJA North ECHS  


The following are the results from the 2023 Battle of the Books: 




1st Place - Palacios Elementary 

2nd Place - Carmen Anaya Elementary  

3rd Place – Drs. Reed & Mock Elementary  


Middle School: 


1st Place - Liberty Middle School 

2nd Place - Raul Yzaguirre Middle School  

3rd Place - Kennedy Middle School  


High School: 


1st Place - PSJA T. Jefferson T-STEM ECHS  

2nd Place - PSJA Elvis J. Ballew ECHS  

3rd Place - PSJA North ECHS  


“Literacy is paramount to student learning,” said PSJA Library Services Director Nora Galvan. “We take pride in all the teams who compete as well as the multitude of students who read the selected titles. Congratulations to our students who placed this year and special thanks to our PSJA librarians who work laboriously to orchestrate the success of this worthwhile event.”