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Goodell, Young announce Summer Reading Challeng

June 26, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

Senator Young announces N.Y. State Senate's Summer Reading Program

OLEAN With the end of the school year in sight, many students are anxiously awaiting the summer months.

To keep their skills honed and minds sharp, the New York State Senate, in conjunction with the New York State Library, has launched the Summer Reading Program for students across the State.

"Opening a book can take students on an adventure that could eclipse any type of summer vacation." Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) 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."

Participating students will use an online journal, which can be accessed by visiting, to keep track of their reading progress throughout the summer. Children who submit a completed journal will receive a Summer Reading Certificate. Hardcopies of the journal and other materials can be provided upon special request.

If students need more reading material for the summer months, they should stop by their local public library and peruse the expansive selection. To find the closest public library, visit

Goodell announces Summer Reading Challenge

ALBANY - Assemblyman Andy Goodell (R,C,I-Chautauqua) is encouraging local students to take part in his annual Summer Reading Challenge.

As part of the challenge, students pledge to read 15 minutes or more each day for at least 40 days during the months of July and August.

"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. Last year, we had an outstanding response from students across Chautauqua County, and I expect we will again this year."

Students interested in participating in the challenge should contact Goodell's district office at 2 E. Second St., Suite 320, Jamestown, N.Y., 14701, by phone at 664-7773 or via email at

Students who successfully complete the challenge will receive a New York State Assembly Excellence in Reading Certificate. The challenge is sponsored by Assemblyman Goodell and the New York State Library.



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