Oaks Gearing Up For Summer Reading Challenge

Theme is ‘Books: A Treasure!’
May 19, 2006

Assemblyman Bob Oaks (R,C-Macedon) today reminded residents his annual Summer Reading Challenge, designed to encourage a love of reading and books by school-age children, will soon begin. This year’s theme, “Books: A Treasure!” is designed to show students the real reward this summer can be found between the covers of books.

“I am excited to present this summer reading opportunity to students and parents alike,” said Oaks. “When children spend time reading, and parents read with them, everlasting bonds are formed and a love of reading is fostered.”

Participating families may receive free, official reading challenge calendars from Assemblyman Oaks’ office or through most schools and community libraries. Parents or guardians mark each day during July and August they read with children on the calendars. When 40 days have been marked, the children are eligible to receive a New York State Assembly Excellence in Reading Certificate from Assemblyman Oaks in the fall. The certificate recognizes each child for attaining the goal.

“Many libraries throughout the state also participate in the challenge,” concluded Oaks. “Not only do they provide excellent places for children to read, but the students also get more acquainted with going to the library, a valuable skill they’ll need in their education careers.”

If a student’s school or local library is not involved in the program, the students, parents or guardians may contact Assemblyman Oaks’ office for more details and a calendar by calling (315) 946-5166 or via e-mail at oaksr@assembly.state.ny.us.