Elmont, NY - June 29, 2015 - In anticipation of summer vacation, Assemblywoman Michaelle C. Solages (D-Elmont) is announcing the kickoff of the Assembly’s annual Summer Reading Challenge. In partnership with New York State libraries, the program encourages children to continue reading during the summer months. Upon completion of the Summer Reading Challenge, each student will receive a New York State Assembly Excellence in Reading certificate.
“The Summer Reading Challenge is a fun, productive way to help foster a love of learning and help our children succeed in school,” Assemblywoman Solages said. “Studies show that reading over the summer months keeps students engaged and continues the progress made during the 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 the District Office of Assemblywoman Solages. Those who participate will be awarded an Excellence in Reading certificate. This year’s Summer Reading Challenge theme is, “Every hero has a story.”
“The Summer Reading Challenge is a fantastic way to encourage kids to pick up a book, and strengthen their learning skills for the coming school year,” Assemblywoman Solages said.
The initiative provides all children with the opportunity to boost their reading skills over summer vacation. For families that may not have adequate access to books and other educational resources, this partnership with the local Libraries ensures every child has the chance to participate, Assemblywoman Solages noted.