As the end of the school year quickly approaches, Assemblymember Dennis Gabryszak (D-Cheektowaga) reminds children and families that the Assembly’s 2008 Summer Reading Challenge, entitled “Catch the Reading Bug,” is just around the corner.
“Just because school is out doesn’t mean children need to stop reading. Whether you’re at home, enjoying the outdoors, or traveling to visit friends or family, reading can open your imagination and teach you many new things,” Gabryszak said.
The New York State Assembly encourages children and parents to make reading a habit through its annual Summer Reading Challenge program. To receive 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 throughout July and August.
“We live in a world where there are so many distractions that make it easy to forget about the importance of sitting down with a book. Studies show that children who read at home are better prepared to succeed in formal education. The Summer Reading Challenge encourages kids to get away from video games, televisions and computers and engage in an activity that improves spelling, vocabulary, pronunciation and reading skills. It’s also a great opportunity for family and friends to spend quality time together,” Gabryszak said.
This year’s budget made a historic investment in New York’s education to help ensure students succeed in our evolving, global economy. The Challenge is part of the Assembly’s commitment to providing a quality education to the youth of New York State.
“Reading is a fun and beneficial pastime and a crucial tool for our children’s education. Nurturing a child’s love for reading begins at home. We ask parents and children to participate in the Summer Reading Challenge and help foster a generation of lifelong readers,” Gabryszak said.
Information about the Assembly’s 2008 Summer Reading Challenge is available in local elementary schools and libraries. It can also be obtained by calling Gabryszak’s office at (716) 686-0080 or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.