Oaks Supports Student Literacy and Learning With Summer Reading Program

June 11, 2008

Assemblyman Robert C. Oaks (R,C-Macedon) is encouraging students in grades Pre-K through sixth to raise their literacy skills and keep learning this summer with the 2008 New York Statewide Summer Reading Program "Catch the Reading Bug.”

“I am happy to, once again, sponsor the Summer Reading Program. This program encourages youths to continue to learn throughout the summer months. It also teaches them responsibility and a sense of accomplishment by having them log the hours they read on their individual calendar,” states Oaks.

Citing evidence, which shows that children who stop reading over the summer break often fall behind when they return to school in September, Oaks is urging children and parents to take advantage of this reading program. Children who participate benefit from the support, structure and educational incentives that public library summer reading programs provide. Last year, 1.35 million kids took part throughout New York State and even more children are expected to participate in 2008.

At the end of August, students are encouraged to send their brochures back to the Assembly office to obtain a New York State Assembly Excellence in Reading Certificate.

“Children who continue to read during the summer perform better in school in the fall,” said Oaks. “This challenge promotes learning in a fun way and I encourage every student to participate.”

To obtain a form, contact Assemblyman Oaks’ district office at 315-946-5166 or e-mail your name and address to oaksr@assembly.state.ny.us . Residents also may mail in a request for a brochure to 10 Leach Road, Lyons New York 14489.