The 2005 Summer Reading Challenge

June 16, 2005

I’m pleased to announce my 5th annual Summer Reading Challenge for children, parents and teachers will soon begin.

There are few things more important that I can think of than teaching and encouraging children to read and help them develop a love for reading. The Summer Reading Challenge is a tool to help school administrators and parents teach their students and children that it is productive and fun to read. I sincerely hope all parents, guardians and teachers will encourage children to participate.

Inside the Summer Reading Challenge brochure, available at local schools or by contacting me, the children mark each day in July and August when they read. When 40 or more days are marked, the child earns a New York State Assembly Excellence in Reading Certificate. To receive the certificate, participants fill out the back portion of the brochure, return it and the marked calendar to my office, and my staff and I will ensure each child receives a certificate.

Studies show children who continue to read during the summer perform better in school the following fall. I’m very hopeful we’ll have even more participants than last year.

Libraries throughout New York are also participating in the "Tune In @ Your Library" program that challenges students to remain interested in learning during their summer vacation from school and serves as an excellent source of suitable children’s reading materials. These two programs work very well with one another to keep your children active and informed this summer.

For more information on the Summer Reading Challenge or the Tune In @ Your Library program, or to receive a brochure, contact my district office at (315) 781-2030 or e-mail me at