Assemblyman Mark Johns (R,C-Webster) today encouraged children in his district to continue good reading habits over the summer break by participating in his Summer Reading Challenge. Every child that tracks at least 15 minutes of reading for 40 days over the months of July and August will receive a special Excellence in Reading Certificate from the assemblyman. Informational brochures were distributed to children at their schools and to local libraries. The brochure also can be downloaded at: tinyurl.com/Johns2012SummerReading.
“The summer months are not just about vacations and cookouts – they are about expanding knowledge and preparing for the next school year. That’s why I am ready to officially kick off the 2012 Summer Reading Challenge for all kids in the 135th Assembly District,” said Johns. “The good reading habits that children build in the summer months will help them succeed academically. I hope that every child takes a few moments out of their day to read an enjoyable book.”
Studies show the importance of continued reading over the summer months. Children that do not read on a regular basis over the school break lose about one month’s worth of instruction. Regular reading has helped children develop better spelling, writing and grammatical skills.
Studies also show that disadvantaged children have been more heavily affected by the summer disruption in learning opportunities. To help address this concern, Johns is encouraging children and families to donate used books to their local library to give children in need access to great books.
For further information, please contact Assemblyman Johns at (585) 223-9130 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Johns would like to recognize and encourage children over the duration of the reading challenge and welcomes updates from parents on Facebook and Twitter.