In order to help raise literacy skills among school-age children, Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey (R,I,C-Peru) today announced that she is sponsoring the “Summer Reading Challenge,” a program that encourages children to read during the summer months. This year’s theme is “Get a Clue @ Your Library.”
“Although the school year will soon be over, we should continue to encourage our children to read during the summer months,” said Duprey. “Children who discover the pleasure of reading develop lifelong learning skills that will bring them success in the future.”
Assemblywoman Duprey is sending brochures outlining the Summer Reading Challenge program, which is available for students in preschool through 6th grade.
This summer’s program is tied in with the new Nancy Drew movie. Warner Brothers Entertainment, Inc. is promoting summer reading fun at the public library and their new movie “Nancy Drew-Get a Clue” together.
Each day during the months of July and August, when a child and family member or friend read together for at least 15 minutes, they mark a calendar provided in the brochure to chart their progress. If more than 40 days are marked at the end of the summer, the child qualifies for a New York State Assembly Certificate of Merit provided by Assemblywoman Duprey.
“I encourage children, parents and teachers to participate in this worthwhile program. Children can enjoy summer vacation while enhancing their knowledge and preparing for the following school year,” said Duprey.
Parents, children and educators can log onto www.summerreadingnys.org for fun activities, information about local libraries and ideas to help children develop a love of reading. For an overview of the New York State Summer Reading Program, go to www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer.
Anyone interested in receiving a Summer Reading Challenge brochure should call Assemblywoman Duprey’s district office at (518) 562-1986.