Bishop's Summer Challenge for our Children & Youth

Bishop’s Summer Reading and Writing Challenge is a fun and exciting way to motivate our students to read and think creatively during the summer months while out of school. This church-wide Challenge is designed to strengthen the reading and writing skills of our students as a part of our Education Initiative of Taking Charge through Learning. Students taking the Challenge will read books and write book reports or write essays on current or historical events.

To participate, all students must register by email no later than July 24, 2016 to be considered for a prize. Parents can complete the registration for their children. Registration gives the church permission to place the winning entry in the Empowering Disciples Magazine or showcase entries after the Challenge. The winners are required to be at church to receive their prize(s) on the Sunday prizes are awarded. A group of educators/judges will develop the selection criteria.  All entries must be the student’s own work, not a copy or a fabrication. All entries for consideration must be submitted no later than August 17, 2016. Winners will be announced during services on September 11, 2016.

There will be:

  • A first, second, and third place prize for elementary school students
  • A first, second, and third place prize for middle school students
  • A first, second, and third place prize for high school students


Elementary School

Middle School

High School

The educators who will judges the student entries must register with the Challenge at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  They will be contacted by the Challenge Committee after they register with further instructions.

Elementary School Students
Read as many biographies of great African Americans as you can during the summer months.  Write a book report on each book read.  Book reports must contain the title, the author, and a brief summary of the book in no less than three paragraphs. The student with the greatest number of well-written book reports will win a special prize.

Middle School Students
Write a 2 page essay about a great African American business or political leader in Baltimore.  Examples of African American business or political leaders are: Osborne Payne, Reginald F. Lewis, William L. Jews, Eddie C. Brown and former superintendent Alice Pinderhughes.  (Bishop Walter S. Thomas, Sr. is excluded as a possible essay topic.) All essays must be double spaced and written in font size 12. 

High School Students

Write a 3-5 paper on one of the following essay questions.

  • What qualities do you feel the United States needs in a President? Why? How are these qualities reflected in our current candidates?
  • What substantial changes police have made to make for a better climate in Baltimore since the riots of 2015.

All essays must be double spaced and written in font size 12.

Due Dates

  • July 24, 2016—Registration deadline
  • July 26, 2016—Preparing for the Challenge
  • August 17, 2016—Submission Deadline
  • August 27, 2016—Judging
  • September 11, 2016—Awards Presentation


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Grades K–2 Book Forms

Basic Information - Grades K–2

Basic Information - Grades 3–5

Basic Information - Middle School

Basic Information - High School