Assemblyman Bill Reilich (R,C,I-Greece) is encouraging participation in his 2007 Summer Reading Challenge program, which he is sponsoring in concert with the Ogden Farmers Library and the Brockport-Seymour Library. Reilich notes that the program is an excellent way for children to continue developing their reading skills during the summer months.
“As the weather turns warm and the school year ends, children tend to drift away from reading,” said Reilich. “This program will encourage them to spend some time each day reading and learning while receiving a reward for their efforts.”
Ann Strang from the Ogden Farms Library agrees. “Continuing to read and learn over the summer will help kids prepare for the upcoming school year,” said Strang. “It is important for children to be physically and mentally active over the summer months.”
Reilich explains the Summer Reading Challenge is open to young people from Preschool through Elementary School and asks participants and their parents to read together for at least 15 minutes each day during the months of July and August. The Challenge is successfully completed when 40 or more days are marked off the calendar contained within the Summer Reading Challenge brochure. Children who successfully complete the Challenge receive an official Assembly Excellence in Reading Certificate to recognize their efforts.
“This is an excellent way to keep children reading and learning while school is out,” remarked Kelly Deltoro-White of the Brockport-Seymour Library. “Studies have shown that children who continue to read over the summer perform better at school in the fall.”
Reilich indicated that brochures are available at area libraries and schools but if parents would like to request a copy of Reilich’s 2007 Summer Reading Challenge, they can contact his district office at (585) 225-4190.