Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,I—Pulaski) is once again challenging the children in the community to read for at least 15 minutes a day for 40 days throughout July and August as part of the New York State Assembly Summer Reading Challenge.
The brochure, which features a calendar and a space to keep track of reading time throughout the summer, challenges kids to read for at least 15 minutes a day for 40 days throughout the summer months with an adult or on their own.
“One-half of all adults in U.S. federal and state correctional institutions cannot read or write at all; 85% of juvenile offenders have reading problems. But study after study shows that children who read the most, read the best. They also stay in school and achieve the most,” said Barclay.
“It’s important that children learn to like books when they are young—to teach them a lifelong love of books,” said Barclay. “I’m pleased that every year the response to the program grows. More teachers, librarians and parents help circulate the brochures and take the time to explain the program.”
Brochures are available at the assemblyman’s office. Call (315) 598-5185 to obtain copies or email your mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the office at the Oswego County Office Building, 200 North Second St., Fulton to pick one up. Those who complete the challenge are encouraged to mail in their form to obtain a New York State Assembly Excellence in Reading Certificate. They also are invited to a party in early fall to celebrate their participation.