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. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100907/SCHOLASTICLOGO) 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 reading." "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. 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U.S. Governors and Governors' Spouses Serve as "Reading Ambassadors" of the Scholastic Summer Challenge and Encourage Kids to
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