U.S. Governors And Governors' Spouses Sign On As Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge "Reading Ambassadors"

  U.S. Governors And Governors' Spouses Sign On As Scholastic Summer Reading                        Challenge "Reading Ambassadors"  41 Gubernatorial Spouses and 4 Governors promote the importance of summer reading by hosting reading events in their states; Scholastic donates 500 books per state on their behalf  PR Newswire  NEW YORK, June 19, 2014  NEW YORK, June 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --U.S. Governors and Governors' Spouses have pledged to help spread the important message about children reading over the summer by signing on as Reading Ambassadors for the 2014 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, a free, global reading program that motivates children to read throughout the out-of-school summer months in order to prevent the effects of the "summer slide" – the learning losses which can occur when school is not in session.Forty-oneGovernors' Spouses, plus the Governors of Arizona, Colorado, Illinois and Vermont, will host reading events and/or provide book donations to schools in their respective states. In honor of each Reading Ambassador, Scholastic will donate 500 books to the school of his or her choice.  Scholastic Logo.  Teachers, schools and families can register their children in grades K-8 and access free summer reading tools at scholastic.com/summer.  The following Governors and Governors' Spouses are serving as Reading Ambassadors for the 2014 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge:    oAlabama – First Lady Dianne Bentley   oAlaska – First Lady Sandy Parnell   oArizona – Governor Janice Brewer   oArkansas – First Lady Ginger Beebe   oCalifornia – First Lady Anne Brown   oColorado – Governor John Hickenlooper   oConnecticut – First Lady Cathy Malloy   oDelaware – First Lady Carla Markell   oFlorida – First Lady Ann Scott   oGeorgia – First Lady Sandra Deal   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 Judge Katie O'Malley   oMichigan – First Lady Sue Snyder   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 Mexico – First Gentleman Chuck Franco   oNorth Carolina – First Lady Ann McCrory   oNorth Dakota – First Lady Betsy Dalrymple   oOhio – First Lady Karen Waldbillig Kasich   oOklahoma – First Gentleman Wade Christensen   oOregon – First Lady Cylvia Hayes   oPennsylvania – First Lady Susan Corbett   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 Dorothy McAuliffe   oWashington – First Lady Trudi Inslee   oWest Virginia – First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin   oWisconsin – First Lady Tonette Walker   oWyoming – First Lady Carol Mead  Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge highlights:    oMore than one million students have logged over 140 million minutes to     date, with more students signing up every day. Their goal is to beat last     year's summer reading world record of 176,438,473 minutes read.   oFree summer reading resources are available for teachers, parents and     children, including summer book lists, expert tips, activity sheets and     more.   oBestselling author Gordon Korman (The Hypnotists) and bestselling     author-illustrator David Shannon (Bugs in My Hair!) will visit the top     U.S. middle school and top U.S. elementary school, respectively, with the     most reading minutes logged by September 5, 2014.   oThe top 20 U.S. schools with the most reading minutes recorded by     September 5 will be featured in the 2015 Scholastic Book of World Records.   oSummer reading apps include the Scholastic Reading Timer, an app to enter     reading minutes on-the-go, and the Scholastic Parents Facebook calendar     app, which features daily links ranging from expert tips to articles to     family-friendly activities.  Quotes:    o"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 and joy of reading during the summer," said Oklahoma First     Gentleman Wade Christensen, Chairman of the Spouses' Leadership Committee     for the National Governors Association. "By putting books into the hands     of children nationwide, we are encouraging them to spark their     imaginations. At the same time, they will develop their vocabulary,     comprehension and critical thinking skills. Whether reading independently     or with their parents, all that matters is that children are reading."   o"We are extremely thankful for the ever-growing support from these     Governors and Governors' Spouses, who are encouraging students to not only     strengthen their reading skills but also to be inspired by the stories,     characters and ideas they can discover in great books," said Richard     Robinson, Chairman, President and CEO, Scholastic. "The Reading     Ambassadors serve as positive reading role-models for students in their     states and play a vital role in communicating with parents about the     importance of summer reading for their child's educational growth and for     developing a lifelong love of reading."  Summer reading statistics:    oTeachers spend four to six weeks re-teaching materials students have     forgotten over the summer months because of the summer slide.^1   oChildren who read four or more books over the summer fare better on     reading-comprehension tests in the fall than their peers who read one or     no books over the summer – regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomic level or     previous achievement^2   o85% of the reading achievement gap between lower-income students and their     middle- and upper-income peers occurs due to summer learning losses.^3   o49% of parents feel their children do not spend enough time reading books     for fun.^4  For more information about Scholastic and the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, please visit the Scholastic media room at mediaroom.scholastic.com.  REFERENCES:  1.Lasting Consequences of the Summer Learning Gap, Karl Alexander, Doris     Entwistle, Linda Steffel Olson, April 2007. 2.Summer Reading and the Ethnic Achievement Gap, Jimmy Kim, Journal of     Education for Students Placed at Risk, 2004. 3.Why Summer Matters in the Rich/Poor Achievement Gap, Richard Allington and     Anne McGill-Frazen, August 2009. 4.The Kids and Family Reading Report™ 4th edition conducted by Harrison     Group and Scholastic, 2012.  Logo- http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100907/SCHOLASTICLOGO  SOURCE Scholastic  Website: http://www.scholastic.com Contact: Sara Sinek, Scholastic, 212-343-6899, ssinek@scholastic.com, or Mike Barrett, Scholastic, 212-343-6570, mbarrett@scholastic.com  
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