Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney (R,C,I-New Hartford) today encouraged young students to take the New York State Summer Reading Challenge.
“This summer, we are encouraging students to take an active approach to reading. Students who frequently read score higher in school and better retain information from one school year to the next. Reading can be a fun and inexpensive way to learn all about the world, philosophy, hobbies or whatever interests delight young readers,” said Tenney.
The summer reading program challenges students to read at least 15 minutes every day for at least 40 days. Those who accomplish this goal may send in the calendar and form, provided by local schools and libraries, to receive an Excellence in Reading Certificate.
“Our children are entering a society that relies more and more on instant interaction and media gratification. Reading books is a proven way to stimulate the mind and encourage the natural thirst for knowledge in all people, especially our children. I encourage all parents with young children to participate in this program. Let’s make sure our children know that life is more than 140 character messages on small electronic screens, and that there are novels, myths, texts and legends that have weathered the centuries due to their engrossing stories and information,” said Tenney.