Assemblyman Perry Announces Summer Reading Challenge!

Assemblyman Perry (D-Kings County- 58th AD) announced that the Assembly’s annual Summer Reading Challenge is just around the corner. Every year, the Assembly partners with New York State libraries to encourage children to continue reading during the summer after the school year ends. Upon completion of the Summer Reading Challenge, children will receive a New York State Assembly Excellence in Reading Certificate.

“Education shouldn’t end just because the school year does. Reading is a great way for students of all ages to continue their learning throughout the summer,” Assemblyman Perry said. “By encouraging kids to keep their minds active, the annual Summer Reading Challenge gives them a jumpstart on the coming school year.”

To participate in the program, children must read by themselves or with a partner for a minimum of 15 minutes every day for at least 40 days throughout the months of July and August. The days can be marked off on a provided calendar and submitted to Assemblyman Perry. Those who participate will be awarded their Excellence in Reading Certificate by mail/during a presentation at their school.

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge themes are “Fizz, Boom, Read!” for children and “Spark a Reaction” for tweens. The challenge, while fun for the entire family, is a great way to keep books in the hands of children throughout the summer months, noted Assemblyman Perry. The initiative helps combat the inevitable decrease in learning – known as the “summer slide” – that takes place when young people are not in school during the summer.

Unfortunately, the slide disproportionately affects children in high-need communities, where families may not have adequate access to books and other educational resources. That’s why the partnership with Brooklyn libraries are so important for this program, added Assemblyman Perry.

“Research has shown that literacy skills develop early and are strengthened when children read during the summer months,” Assemblyman Perry said. “Last year, almost 2 million kids took part in summer reading programs at their local libraries.”

For more information about the 2014 Summer Reading Challenge, please visit summerreadingnys.org, email perry@assembly.state.ny.us or call Assemblyman Perry’s office at 518-455-4166.