Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt (R,C,I-Greenwood Lake) today encouraged students from the 97th Assembly District to participate in the 2011 Summer Reading Challenge. The event is a joint effort between Assemblywoman Rabbitt and the New York State Library to challenge elementary and middle school students to increase their reading during the months of July and August.
“The summer is a great time to catch up on reading; it’s time to let your imagination take you on a journey. Reading for pleasure can help turn you into a life-long learner,” said Rabbitt. “Reading great books also can help you become a better writer. Understanding different styles of literature helps develop your child’s cognitive development, improves social abilities and academic performance, and helps with emotional development.”
Students participating in the Summer Reading Challenge are asked to read for 40 days over a two-month period. To get credit for each day the student must read for at least 15 minutes. This reading can be by themselves, with a reading buddy, or in a group.
A more detailed list can be viewed at www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/explore.htm. With summer approaching, parents, teachers or library administrators can contact the Assemblywoman by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling her Goshen office at 845-291-3631.