Sight Read Aloud Contest

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Pismo Beach is pleased to present the 29th annual Ned Van Norman Sight Read Aloud Contest.

New for 2019

We will be making a $500 donation to the school library for the school with the most student participants!
So tell your friends to sign up today and see if you can win $500 for your school’s library!

What is it?

The Sight Read Aloud is a super fun annual reading contest that allows elementary school students to demonstrate their read-aloud skills and compete against other students in their grade level. Contestants are given a short selection of reading material, chosen for their grade level, which they read privately before a panel of judges (parents can also be present if desired). Judging is based on how well the contestant reads the text and how interesting they make it sound.

Where is it?

The Sight Read Aloud contest is held at Arroyo Grande High School, in the 900 Wing (also known as the “Math Wing”) which is located at 900 Orchard Avenue, in Arroyo Grande.

When is it?

The next event will be held on
March 16, 2019.

Grades 1-6 will participate in the morning with awards presented around 12:15 in the Arroyo Grande High School Gymnasium.

Entries must be received by March 12th.

We will notify you of your Start Time via email by March 14th.


How Does It Work?

Entrants are notified by e-mail of their assigned reading time. Please show up 10-15 minutes early to sign in and get your classroom assignment.

A monitor will greet you outside your assigned classroom, and will escort the contestant into the classroom and introduce them to the judges.  The monitor will hand the contestant a short reading selection that is grade appropriate. Contestants are allowed to look over the selection until they are comfortable with it. Then they read the selection to the judges. The selections take 1-2 minutes to read.

What is the Judging Criteria?

The judges score each presentation for clarity, expression, pace, pronunciation and overall presentation with each category worth 100 points.

All entrants receive a certificate of participation and a certificate for an ice cream cone.  There are cookies for the participants and we try to make it a fun event while encouraging reading and oral presentation.

The top two readers in each grade receive a $50 certificate.  The top ten readers in each grade receive medals.  First through third place public schools receive trophies and all participating schools receive a donation of $200 for their library.

Who Can Participate?

The Sight Read Aloud Contest open to all students grades 1-6 who are enrolled in any of the schools of the Lucia Mar Unified School District, St. Patrick Catholic School, Coastal Christian School, or Home Schooled students who are registered with LMUSD.

All participants receive
Certificate of participation
Coupon for free ice cream cone
Refreshments at the event

  • $50 certificate awarded to top 2 contestants in each grade
  • Medals awarded to top 10 contestants in each grade
  • School participation awards
Website design and development donated by Everywhere Right Now, Inc. San Luis Obispo Website Marketing and Strategy.