Lopez Offers Summer Reading Challenge For Local Students

June 8, 2011
Assemblyman Peter Lopez (R,C,I-Schoharie) is inviting local elementary and middle school students to participate in his Summer Reading Challenge this July and August. The pro-literacy challenge is being offered in cooperation with the New York State Library’s initiative.

“Studies have shown that students who read even for a small amount of time each day during the summer break perform better in school than their counterparts who don’t read,” said Lopez. “Knowledge is power, and I encourage local students to take part in my Summer Reading Challenge to have fun while they learn. ‘The road to knowledge begins with the turn of the page,’ reading should be an enjoyable experience, keep up the good work and your efforts will pay off in the future.”

Lopez is asking students to read for at least 15 minutes each day for 40 days during the months of July and August. After completing this challenge, each student will be eligible to receive a certificate from the assemblyman.

Possible reading options range from historical to science fiction, fantasy to sports, and so on. Participants can get reading ideas at their local libraries or visit www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/explore.htm for a complete list of recommended books.

With summer approaching soon, parents, teachers and librarians interested in participating in the program should contact Assemblyman Lopez’s Catskill office by calling 518-943-1317 or emailing him at lopez@assembly.state.ny.us.