Area Children Meet Assemblyman Oaks’ Summer Reading Challenge

This year’s themes were “Dream Big” and “Own the Night”
November 13, 2012

Assemblyman Bob Oaks (R-C Macedon) said he is pleased that students from across the 128th Assembly District spent much of their time away from school this summer with books. Children from many area schools participated in his reading challenge.

“As it has in previous years, Clyde-Savannah topped all districts for participation, this time with 25 students,” Assemblyman Oaks said. “I am proud of them, as well as all of the youngsters from every school who spent time reading during the summer. I am always excited when children and parents share their love of books. It ensures that learning doesn’t stop because school is out.”

The challenge is designed to encourage a love of reading by school-age children. Other schools from the 128th Assembly District represented included Cato, Gananda, Hannibal, Newark, Marion, Palmyra-Macedon, Red Creek, Sodus, North Rose-Wolcott, and Williamson. In addition, students who attend the East Palmyra Christian School, home-schooled students, even some who attend private schools in Rochester, also participated.

The challenge ran during July and August. This year’s theme for children, “Dream Big”, and theme for teens, “Own the Night”, were developed to show students that the real reward from reading together can be found between the covers of books.

Parents, grandparents, babysitters or others with whom the child read marked each day in July and August that a child spent on reading. When 40 days were marked, the children were eligible to receive a New York State Excellence in Reading Certificate from Assemblyman Oaks, as well as small tokens of stickers and pencils. The certificate recognizes each child for attaining the goal.

“I want to thank the children and their families for their participation,” Assemblyman Oaks said. “I am happy to offer this challenge each year to encourage the love of reading.”