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, email@example.com, or Mike Barrett, Scholastic, 212-343-6570, firstname.lastname@example.org
U.S. Governors And Governors' Spouses Sign On As Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge "Reading Ambassadors"
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