In a few days, summer officially begins and the school year ends. But that does not mean the learning should stop.
Two state representatives, Senator Catharine Young and Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, are hoping area youth continue to read during July and August so they are ready for the new year in September. Last week, both Young and Goodell sent out news releases urging students to take part in a statewide Summer Reading Program.
"Opening a book can take students on an adventure that could eclipse any type of summer vacation," Young said. "A book can be enjoyed on a sunny day under a tree, on the beach or inside during one of summer's rainy days. Hopefully students take advantage of this fantastic program that promotes reading so that they can hit the ground running when their classes resume in September."
"Reading opens the door to worlds near and far, from the smallest organisms to the farthest ends of the galaxies," Goodell said. "Summer is the perfect time for kids to grab a good book and learn about the world around them. Studies show that children who continue to read during the summer perform better in school the next fall."
Children who spend time reading for 40 days during July and August will receive a certificate from Young and Goodell. Brochures can be obtained from area libraries or by contacting the representatives' offices in Jamestown in the Fenton Building.
Along with Young and Goodell, we encourage all children to get lost in a few good books this summer.