Assemblyman Oaks Sponsors Summer Reading Challenge

This Year’s Themes are “One World, Many Stories” and “You are Here”
May 31, 2011

Assemblyman Bob Oaks reminds residents that his annual Summer Reading Challenge, designed to encourage a love of reading and books by school-age children, will run during July and August. This year’s theme for children, “One World, Many Stories” and theme for teens, “You are Here,” were developed to show students that the real reward this summer can be found between the covers of books.

The assemblyman promoted his reading challenge May 26 at Clyde Elementary School, where he visited with third and fourth graders, their teachers and Clyde-Savannah district administrators. He discussed New York’s history and government and introduced youngsters to the book State Shapes New York written by Erik Brown. The book outlines life in the Empire State, its history and the highlights of each of its regions.

In 2010, Clyde Elementary had the highest student participation in the annual challenge from all of the schools in the assemblyman’s district.

“I am excited to present this annual summer reading opportunity to students and parents alike,” Assemblyman Oaks said. “When children spend time reading, and parents read with them, we ensure that learning doesn’t stop just because school is out.”

If children do not receive an official reading calendar through their schools, they may contact Assemblyman Oaks’ office. Parents, grandparents, babysitters or others with whom the child reads mark each day in July and August that a child spends on reading. When 40 days have been marked, the child is eligible to receive a New York State Assembly “Excellence in Reading” certificate from Assemblyman Oaks. The certificate recognizes each child for attaining the goal.

“Many libraries throughout the state also participate in the challenge,” the assemblyman said. “Libraries provide excellent places for children to read, but they also learn to utilize library resources.”

Anyone with questions may contact Assemblyman Oaks’ office by calling (315) 946-5166, or via e-mail at For more information, suggested reading lists and fun interactive activities, visit