2013-04-19 / Community

Summer Reading Challenge On!

The New York State Assembly’s Summer Reading Challenge will return this summer to keep kids motivated to continue reading while on break. The themes for this year’s challenge are “Dig into Reading” for children and “Beneath the Surface” for tweens.

“Learning shouldn’t stop when the last bell rings at the end of the school year,” said Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder. “The Assembly’s Summer Reading Challenge offers a fun and exciting way for families to spend quality time together; while parents help their children expand their imaginations and learn.”

The Assembly partners with New York State libraries every year to encourage kids to keep reading during the summer months when school is out. As part of the challenge, children who read 15 minutes a day with a parent, for at least 40 days throughout July and August, will receive an official New York State Assembly Certificate personally hand-delivered by Goldfeder.

Last year’s challenge was a success as more than 250 students from Public School 232 participated and more than 4,000 certificates were distributed in total throughout the 23rd Assembly district.

“Summer reading combats "Summer Slide", a phenomenon that affects children who stop reading over the summer. “Summer Slide" means that students actually lose some of the reading skills they gained during the school year and start the new school year behind where they finished the last,” said Principal Lisa Josephson of PS 232Q. “Our students at PS 232 who do their active reading during the summer months return to school prepared, and they get rewarded for their efforts by Assemblyman Goldfeder!”

Materials such as suggested reading lists and a calendar to keep track of the progress, can be picked up at local schools or at Assemblyman Goldfeder’s District offices in Rockaway Beach and Ozone Park.

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