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Three Liberty schools in state Reading Bowl
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Reading Bowl teams from Bradwell Institute, Midway Middle School and Lyman Hall Elementary School celebrate winning the Divisional Bowl March 4 at Georgia Southern University. All three teams will compete Saturday in Athens for the state championship for their grade levels. - photo by Virginia Byars

Three schools from Liberty County will compete in the statewide Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Saturday in Athens.

Lyman Hall Elementary School, Midway Middle School and Bradwell Institute will travel to the University of Georgia to vie for the state championship for their grade levels.

Bradwell has won three times in a row and is going after a fourth statewide win.

All of the schools won their grade levels at the Divisional Bowl, which was March 4 at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. These teams won the right to represent the county in local competition.

Helen Ruffin, who passed away in 2014, was a library media specialist at Sky Haven Elementary School in DeKalb County. She created the reading competition in 1986 to encourage her students to read.

Students across the state in grades four through 12 participate in the competition, which celebrates literacy.

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