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.

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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.

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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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