2014-04-18 / Community

Summer Reading Challenge 2014

Enthusiastic students help Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder announce his annual Summer Reading Challenge. Enthusiastic students help Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder announce his annual Summer Reading Challenge. Before school is out for the summer, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder hasannounced his annual Summer Reading Challenge to help keep student minds active and encourage learning outside of the classroom. Children who participate will be awarded an Excellence in Reading Certificate, hand-delivered by Goldfeder when students return to school in the fall.

“As a father of two young children who both successfully completed the summer challenge, I understand the value of continuing our education into the summer,” Goldfeder said. “Reading is a great way for students of all ages to enhance their learning throughout the summer and by encouraging kids to keep their minds active, the annual Summer Reading Challenge gives them a jumpstart on the coming school year.”

Each year, the State Assembly partners with New York State libraries to motivate children to continue reading during the summer after the school year ends.

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.

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge themes are “Fizz, Boom, Read!” for children and “Spark a Reaction” for tweens. The initiative is meant to help combat the inevitable decrease in learning – known as the “summer slide” – that takes place when young people are not in school during the summer.

“Research has shown that literacy skills develop early and are strengthened when children read during the summer months,” Goldfeder noted. “The challenge is a great way to spend time with our kids and keep books in the hands of children when school is not in session.”

For more information about the 2014 Summer Reading Challenge, emailGoldfederp@assembly.state.ny. us or call Assemblyman Goldfeder’s office at 718-945-9550.

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