November 16, 2021 12:00 AM



 Clark Elementary Student Wins AEA’s Be A Champion and Read Contest


Montgomery, Alabama, November 16, 2021 –  The Alabama Education Association (AEA) is pleased to announce Ke’Asia Tate from Clark Elementary School in Selma City Schools is the Alabama winner of the 2021 AEA Be A Champion and Read Contest. As the Alabama winner,  Ke’Asia will receive the grand prize of attending the Iron Bowl game which includes sideline access to meet Big Al, Alabama’s cheerleaders, and participate in pre-game activities along with two guests.


AEA’s Be A Champion and Read contest ran from September to October and challenged K-6 students to read at least six reading-level appropriate books. In one month, over 20,000 students read more than 120,000 books. This year marks the ninth year of Alabama’s largest and only statewide reading contest – a contest that has seen over half a million student participants representing every Alabama school district.


“AEA is dedicated to promoting a love of reading for all Alabama students, and our Be A Champion and Read Contest is a terrific way to motivate students to read,” said AEA President Dr. Susan Williams Brown.  “I congratulate our Alabama winner, Ke’Asia, and all the students who participated in this year’s contest. I encourage them all to continue to engage in reading for fun, because we know that reading is the foundation of all learning.”


To learn more about the Alabama Education Association and the AEA Be A Champion and Read Contest, please visit





Ke'Asia Tate after she was announced the Alabama Be A Champion and Read Winner. She is pictured with (L-R) AEA District 31 UniServ Director Julie Swann; Clark Elementary Librarian Jennifer Hyche; Ke'Asia's Teacher Sheryl Kish; AEA President Dr. Susan Williams Brown; and Clark Elementary Principal Doris Cureton in Selma, AL, November 16, 2021 (Photo/AEA)


For more information, contact:

Kynesha Brown

Alabama Education Association