Schools in Brunswich County, North Carolina are using March Madness competitions to inspire middle school students about reading.
Students use computers to vote on their favorite literary characters and the characters become the basis for engaging classroom lessons.
"It makes my job that much easier, when the library is full of excited students," said Jennifer Murphy, Shallotte Middle's media coordinator.
Students use a website which has gotten over 17,000 hits already to participate in the competition and it has created an intense debate over who is the better character.
It doesn't matter who wins, said reading teacher Ginny Pridgen. That's because the kids are learning the value of a good story.