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Jenks East Elementary Wins Epic Challenge



Epic!, a leading digital media brand for young students, challenged classrooms across the country to read a total of eight million books during Epic!’s Fall into Reading Challenge this past fall. Classrooms read a total of 8,500,424 books in the five-day challenge, surpassing the goal.

All elementary school classes that collectively read 50 or more books on Epic! during the Fall into Reading Challenge earned a special Epic! in-app badge and Reading Certificate to display in their classrooms. The top 10 classes with the most books read also won a six-month home subscription for the entire class plus a cider and donuts party.

The Fall into Reading Challenge is Epic!’s most ambitious reading contest to date. The Spring Into Reading Challenge from last school year challenged classes to read seven million books during a five day period. In total, over 7.3 million books were read by more than 20,000 classrooms across the country.

Grand prize winners span the nation and include classrooms in schools in eight states. In addition to Jenks East, they are Arbuckle Elementary School, Arbuckle, California; Spaulding Elementary, Lamar, South Carolina; North Decatur Elementary, Greensburg, Indiana; Price Elementary, San Antonio, Texas; ?Arctic Light, Fort Wainwright, Alaska; Granite Elementary, Sandy, Utah; Foley Intermediate School, Foley, Alabama; Kipp Valiant Community Prep, Palo Alto, California; and Castle Heights Elementary, Price, Utah.

Epic!’s award-winning subscription service provides kids unlimited access to over 25,000 curated, high-quality books and videos. Reaching over 5 million children through its network, Epic! encourages kids to explore their interests and learn in a fun, safe, kid-friendly environment. To support reading and teachers in the classroom, Epic! for Educators is provided free for elementary school teachers and school librarians. Now used in 87 percent of U.S. elementary schools, teachers use Epic! to support student learning across a variety of subjects, from reading and literacy to history, geography, the arts, science, and math.

Epic! provides thousands of books free for teachers through its Epic! for Educators program. Epic! for Educators is free for all verified elementary school teachers and librarians.

About Epic!
Founded in 2014 and based in Redwood City, California, Epic! is a digital media brand for kids 12 and under. Epic!’s award-winning subscription service includes unlimited access to 25,000 books and 2,500 videos from leading publishers such as HarperCollins, Macmillan, National Geographic Kids, Smithsonian Enterprises, and Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Kids on Epic! are encouraged to explore their interests and learn in a fun, safe, and engaging environment that includes fiction and non-fiction titles, “read to me” books, learning videos and teacher-created quizzes and reading lists.

Epic! is used in 87 percent of U.S. elementary schools and consistently a top app in the Apple App Store. Epic! was founded by Suren Markosian, founder of several successful technology startups, and Kevin Donahue, former YouTube, Google and Disney executive, with the support of top tier investors and veterans of the children’s publishing industry. To learn more about Epic!, visitgetepic.com, or follow Epic! on Facebook and Twitter.

Updated 01-18-2019

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