Assemblyman Joseph Lentol Challenges Children, Families and Friends to Read More This Summer

May 7, 2007

Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol (D-North Brooklyn) endorses the Assembly’s 2007 Summer Reading Challenge as a great way to spend your free time.

“Wherever you are vacationing this summer, hanging out at the beach or park, or traveling in the car to see family or friends, it’s a perfect time to open a book and read about a variety of fun things,” Assemblyman Lentol said.

The New York State Assembly helps children and parents pick up the reading habit through its annual Summer Reading Challenge program. To earn a New York State Assembly Excellence in Reading Certificate, children must read with a parent for 15 minutes a day, for at least 40 days during July and August.

“It probably amounts to less time than a youngster spends getting dressed in the morning,” Assemblyman Lentol said. “It’s a great opportunity for kids to get away from their televisions, video games, computers and iPods. They can learn just about anything by reading and have a lot of fun doing it. Reading improves speech, vocabulary, pronunciation and listening. It’s a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends.”

Assemblyman Lentol said the initiative is part of the Assembly’s commitment to offering young people a quality education. The state budget passed recently makes a historic investment in New York’s education system, providing an unprecedented $1.7 billion increase to help students gain valuable knowledge and succeed in an ever-changing global economy.

“Books connect students to knowledge,” Assemblyman Lentol said. “Reading matters. Children who read have a better command of language, do better in other subjects, and can better analyze, think and cope in our increasingly complex world.”

For information about the Assembly’s 2007 Summer Reading Challenge, write Assemblyman Lentol at 619 Lorimer St (11211); send an e-mail to; or call Assemblyman Lentol’s district office at (718)383-7474.