42 U.S. Governors' Spouses and 3 Governors Are Holiday "Reading Ambassadors" to Give the Gift of Reading to America's Children

 42 U.S. Governors' Spouses and 3 Governors Are Holiday "Reading Ambassadors"
              to Give the Gift of Reading to America's Children

Reading Ambassadors host holiday events to promote the importance of literacy
and distribute children's books donated by Scholastic

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Dec. 18, 2012

NEW YORK, Dec.18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --To reinforce Scholastic's global
literacy campaign, Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life., and to help get books
into the hands of children who need them most, 42 U.S. Governors' Spouses,
plus the Governors of Illinois, Vermont, and Arizona, have signed on as
"Reading Ambassadors" this holiday season. To ensure that more kids across the
country have books to read at home this holiday season, Scholastic, the global
children's publishing, education and media company, is donating 500 books to
the school or organization designated by each of the Reading Ambassadors.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100907/SCHOLASTICLOGO )

Research shows that children who grow up in homes where books are plentiful
read more frequently and go further in school than those who don't. Educators
also know that children need reading practice at home, not just in school, in
order to gain fluency and improve comprehension. The Reading Ambassadors play
an important role in sharing these important messages about how to raise
confident, successful readers with families in their states.

"I'm proud to see so many Governors and Governors' Spouses participating as
Reading Ambassadors this holiday season," said Carla Markell, First Lady of
Delaware and Chairwoman of the Spouses Leadership Committee for the National
Governors Association. "It has been a challenging year for many states, and to
see everyone come together for the good of the children and literacy in our
communities is a true holiday gift."

"As a former teacher and school administrator, I am passionate about giving
the gift of reading to children," said Lori Otter, First Lady of Idaho. "I'm
proud to act as a Reading Ambassador with Scholastic Inc. once again during
this holiday season and I hope that Idaho's young people are inspired to read
every day." 

The Governors and Governors' Spouses participating as Reading Ambassadors this
holiday season are (to date):

  oAlabama – First Lady Dianne Bentley
  oAlaska – First Lady Sandy Parnell
  oAmerican Samoa – First Lady Mary Ann Tulafono
  oArizona – Governor Jan Brewer
  oArkansas – First Lady Ginger Beebe
  oColorado – First Lady Helen Thorpe
  oDelaware – First Lady Carla Markell
  oFlorida – First Lady Ann Scott
  oGeorgia – First Lady Sandra Deal
  oGuam – First Lady Christine Calvo
  oHawaii – First Lady Dr. Nancie Caraway
  oIdaho – First Lady Lori Otter
  oIllinois – Governor Pat Quinn
  oIowa – First Lady Christine Branstad
  oKansas – First Lady Mary Brownback
  oKentucky – First Lady Jane Beshear
  oLouisiana – First Lady Supriya Jindal
  oMaine – First Lady Ann LePage
  oMaryland – First Lady Katie O'Malley
  oMassachusetts – First Lady Diane Patrick
  oMissouri – First Lady Georganne Nixon
  oNebraska – First Lady Sally Ganem
  oNevada – First Lady Kathleen Sandoval
  oNew Hampshire – First Lady Dr. Susan Lynch
  oNew Jersey – First Lady Mary Pat Christie
  oNew Mexico – First Gentleman Chuck Franco
  oNorth Carolina – First Gentleman Bob Eaves
  oNorth Dakota – First Lady Betsy Dalrymple
  oOhio – First Lady Karen Kasich
  oOklahoma – First Gentleman Wade Christensen
  oOregon – First Lady Cylvia Hayes
  oPennsylvania – First Lady Susan Corbett
  oPuerto Rico – First Lady Luce Vela
  oRhode Island – First Lady Stephanie Chafee
  oSouth Dakota – First Lady Linda Daugaard
  oSt. Thomas Virgin Islands – First Lady Cecile de Jongh
  oTennessee – First Lady Crissy Haslam
  oTexas – First Lady Anita Perry
  oUtah – First Lady Jeanette Herbert
  oVermont – Governor Peter Shumlin
  oVirginia – First Lady Maureen McDonnell
  oWashington – First Gentleman Mike Gregoire
  oWest Virginia – First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin
  oWisconsin – First Lady Tonette Walker
  oWyoming – First Lady Carol Mead

"We are extremely grateful to our Reading Ambassadors, who are giving the gift
of reading by reinforcing the importance of reading every day and delivering
beautiful new books to children who might otherwise not have a book to enjoy
this holiday season," said Francie Alexander, Chief Academic Officer at
Scholastic. "These First Ladies, First Gentlemen, and Governors are serving as
reading role-models, a position that can have powerful and positive effects on
the futures of children in their states."

The Scholastic Reading Ambassadors program invites U.S. Governors' Spouses to
emphasize the importance of literacy for all children in their respective
states. For the past four summers, the Reading Ambassadors have come together
as part of the Scholastic Summer Challenge to send a powerful message to the
students, teachers, and parents in their states about the importance of
reading over the summer months. By coming together this holiday season, the
Reading Ambassadors are once again ensuring that more children have access to
books.at home.

For more about the Reading Ambassadors program, please visit our media room.

SOURCE Scholastic Inc.

Website: http://www.scholastic.com
Contact: Lia Zneimer, +1-212-343-6901, lzneimer@scholastic.com, or Sara Sinek,
+1-212-343-6899, ssinek@scholastic.com
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