U.S. Governors and Governors' Spouses Serve as "Reading Ambassadors" of the Scholastic Summer Challenge and Encourage Kids to

 U.S. Governors and Governors' Spouses Serve as "Reading Ambassadors" of the
 Scholastic Summer Challenge and Encourage Kids to Read Every Day this Summer

Governors' Spouses promote the importance of summer reading by hosting reading
events in their states; Scholastic donates 500 books on their behalf

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, June 11, 2013

NEW YORK, June 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Regardless of their political
affiliations, Governors and Governors' Spouses across the country agree that
literacy is critical to success. To help children avoid the "summer slide"—the
learning loss that can occur when school is out for the summer—44 leaders have
signed on as "Reading Ambassadors" of the 7^th annual Scholastic Summer
Challenge, a free program dedicated to keeping kids motivated to read every
day all summer. Each of the Reading Ambassadors has pledged to reinforce the
importance of summer reading in his or her state, and the majority have
committed to hold summer reading events at a local school or library. In
support of their participation, Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global
children's publishing, education, and media company, will donate 500 books to
the school of each Reading Ambassador's choice.

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According to the recent Kids & Family Reading Report, nearly half of all
parents feel their children do not spend enough time reading books for fun.
The same report found that 92% of kids say they are more likely to finish a
book they pick out themselves. Summer is a critical time to keep kids
reading, and through the work of the Reading Ambassadors, more families will
have access to information about reading to support their kids, and more kids
in their states will have access to new books to read. 

"It's up to us—the parents, teachers, and community leaders across the
country—to come together and send a powerful message to our children about the
importance of reading this summer," said Carla Markell, First Lady of Delaware
and Chairwoman of the Spouses' Leadership Committee for the National Governors
Association. "By putting books into the hands of children nationwide, we are
encouraging them to develop their vocabulary and comprehension, spark their
imaginations, and sharpen their critical thinking skills. Whether reading
independently or with their parents, all that matters is that children are

"We are, as always, grateful for the continued support from these Governors
and Governors' Spouses," said Francie Alexander, Chief Academic Officer at
Scholastic. "As kids continue to face higher standards in schools across the
nation, the Reading Ambassadors serve an invaluable role of helping to keep
parents informed about the importance of reading, serving as a reading
role-model for all students in their state to follow." 

The following Governors and Governors' Spouses are serving as Reading
Ambassadors in the 2013 Scholastic Summer Challenge:

  oAlabama – First Lady Dianne Bentley
  oAlaska – First Lady Sandy Parnell
  oArkansas – First Lady Ginger Beebe
  oCalifornia – First Lady Anne Brown
  oConnecticut – First Lady Cathy Malloy
  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
  oMississippi – First Lady Deborah Bryant
  oMissouri – First Lady Georganne Nixon
  oMontana – First Lady Lisa Bullock
  oNebraska – First Lady Sally Ganem
  oNevada – First Lady Kathleen Sandoval
  oNew Hampshire – First Gentleman Tom Hassan
  oNew Jersey – First Lady Mary Pat Christie
  oNorth Carolina – First Lady Ann McCrory
  oNorth Dakota – First Lady Betsy Dalrymple
  oOhio – First Lady Karen Waldbillig Kasich
  oOklahoma – First Gentleman Wade Christensen
  oPennsylvania – First Lady Susan Corbett
  oPuerto Rico – First Lady Wilma Pastrana
  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 Lady Trudi Inslee
  oWest Virginia – First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin
  oWisconsin – First Lady Tonette Walker
  oWyoming – First Lady Carol Mead

An up-to-date list of the participating Reading Ambassadors, along with photos
from state events as they occur, are available here.

As part of the 2013 Scholastic Summer Challenge, kids "Read for the World
Record" by logging their minutes online at www.scholastic.com/summer or using
the Scholastic Reading Timer smartphone app. The top 20 schools with the most
reading minutes logged will be featured in the 2014 edition of the Scholastic
Book of World Records, and the school that logs the most minutes will win a
visit from Captain Underpants author Dav Pilkey. Student readers are already
well on their way to breaking last year's record of 95,859,491 minutes, having
read nearly 70 million minutes to date (program ends September 6). Logging
minutes allows students to participate in weekly challenges, earn digital
rewards, and enter sweepstakes for the chance to win fun book-related prizes.
For more information about Scholastic and the Scholastic Summer Challenge
"Reading Ambassadors" program, please visit our media room.

SOURCE Scholastic Inc.

Website: http://www.scholastic.com
Contact: Lia Zneimer, Scholastic Inc., 212-343-6901, lzneimer@scholastic.com;
Sara Sinek, Scholastic Inc., 212-343-6899, ssinek@scholastic.com
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