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A Picture of the Battle of the Books Team from Eastover Central Elelmentary SchoolCumberland County Schools sponsors a program for a team of students from each elementary school to compete for the distinction of being the county champions.

Battle of the Books is a voluntary, competitive reading program for students in both 4th and 5th grades. The purpose is to encourage students to read good books and have fun while competing with peers.

Recommended students may try out for this team. The team will consist of 8-10 students. Once a child makes the team they must read all 20 of the books from the book list provided for that year’s Battle of the Books.
They must also write questions on each book after reading it.
The EOC Battle Of the Books team meets weekly after school.

Official Battle of the Books List ’19-’20

Title / Author

A Nest for Celeste / Henry Cole
Crenshaw / Katherine Applegate
Fish in a Tree / Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Front Desk / Kelly Yang
The Great Treehouse War / Lisa Graff
Greetings From Nowhere / Barbara O’Connor
The Key to Extraordinary / Natalie Lloyd
The Last Musketeer / Stuart Gibbs
The League of Seven / Alan Gratz
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg / Rodman Philbrick
Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe / Jo Watson Hackl
Smells Like Dog / Suzanne Selfors
Tuesdays at the Castle / Jessica Day George
Ungifted / Gordon Korman
Woods Runner / Gary Paulsen


Champion Beat combined with EOC Strings students

Champion Beat combing with Strings Students

All students in the 4th and 5th grades have the opportunity to join the Eastover-Central Champion Beat. This is a singing group that performs many different types of music and incorporates some movement. The Champion Beat performs at events such as Grandparents’ Day, the Winter Program, and the Spring Program. This is a great opportunity for children to gain confidence and have fun with music and simple choreography.



The Creative Champions consists of 4th and 5th grade students and is sponsored by Mrs. Harding. This group of students will continue to explore a variety of media and enjoy furthering the development of their visual arts through after-school exploration of these concepts.

Eastover Little Players is offered to interested 4th and 5th graders.  Students must learn a short monologue and present it in front of a panel of judges for a production that will be performed in the spring.  Actors may be asked to sing or dance in the auditions as well. The Eastover Little Players meets after school; parents are required to pick up their students on these days.  The children who are members of this class will be exposed to all aspects of putting on a play.


An image of a Military dad with his son playing soccerThe Patriot Kids Club supports and encourages the academic success of the military child. They meet once a month by grade level. Through this club, Eastover-Central Elementary School of Arts provides military students and their families with tools necessary for:
  • An easy transition into a new school environment
  • Familiarity with their new community
  • Networking with other Eastover-Central military students and families
  • Support during deployments

An image of the Science Olympiad logo encouraging exploring the world of scienceEastover-Central Elementary is proud to offer Science Olympiad to students in grade levels 3rd through 5th Grades.  The NCSO events align with the NC Standard Course of Study and provide opportunities for students to be challenged, inspired, and excited while fostering an interest in Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math.    Students will acquire knowledge in these areas by exploring and experimenting with STEM subjects while preparing for the NCSO Regional Tournament where students will team up to compete in 19 different events with the hopes of medaling in their events and becoming Regional Champions.

The study of Strings helps your child develop an appreciation of the arts and specifically orchestral music. When considering the idea of multiple intelligences, this discipline offers a chance for your child to enhance his or her musical, kinesthetic, spatial, intrapersonal, interpersonal, and logical-mathematical intelligences. For all students, developing a positive self-image is important. Studying strings requires self-discipline. When a student achieves a goal because he or she has learned this self-discipline and receives positive results, and self-confidence is built. This, in turn, helps the image the student has of him/herself to be a positive one. Students develop and utilize fine and gross motor skills and the work requires precision and accuracy.

Parental Involvement
Parental involvement is critical to the success of the child. The parent is asked to participate in the lesson along with the child. This way the parent understands what the instructor is attempting to teach and can reinforce this at home.

Pioneering with Pre-Kindergarten
Many years ago, Eastover-Central became a School of Arts. In our effort to expand and explore new avenues of arts study for our students, we decided to offer our Pre-K students the opportunity to study violin beginning in the fall of 2004.

Pre-K through 2nd Grade
As each new school year began, Eastover-Central added a new grade level to our expanding strings program. We are proud to say that we now offer strings to every student on every grade level in the school! The program is required for all students from Pre-K through 2nd Grade. Instruments on this level are still provided by the school and parental involvement is extremely important. The program becomes optional in 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grades, and parents of these students are required to provide their own instruments.

5th Grade
5th Graders are given the opportunity to study the violin, viola, and cello. The string bass is too large an instrument for study at this time.

Published by Sandra Ezzelle on August 12, 2019