McKevitt Sponsors Summer Reading Challenge

Program Supports Student Literacy and Learning
May 31, 2007
Assemblyman Tom McKevitt (R,C,I-East Meadow) today announced that he 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 may be over soon, we should continue to encourage our children to read during the summer months,” said McKevitt. “Children who discover the pleasure of reading develop lifelong learning skills that will bring them success in the future.”

McKevitt is sending brochures outlining the Summer Reading Challenge program to kindergarten through sixth-grade students in the 17th Assembly District.

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 Assemblyman McKevitt.

“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 McKevitt.

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 Assemblyman McKevitt’s district office at (516) 739-5119.