2008-10-23 / Top Stories

Students Rewarded For Meeting Summer Reading Challenge

By Neil S. Friedman

Six P.S. 115 students flank Maisel as they show off Summer Reading Challenge certificates he gave them. Six P.S. 115 students flank Maisel as they show off Summer Reading Challenge certificates he gave them. Assemblyman Alan Maisel recently presented certificates to seven P.S. 115 students who participated in the 2008 Summer Reading Challenge.

The Summer Reading Challenge en-courages children to read for at least 15 minutes a day through the summer. Those who are able to mark off 40 or more reading days during July and August will receive an "Excellence in Reading" certificate from the New York State Assembly.

"We live in a world where there is so much technology around us that it is easy to forget about the importance of reading. Studies show that children who read at home are better prepared to succeed in formal education. This program gives kids a chance to put away their digital music and video games, televisions and computers and engage in an activity that improves spelling, vocabulary, pronunciation and reading skills. It's also a great opportunity for family and friends to spend quality time together," Maisel said.

This year's budget made a historic investment in New York's education to help ensure students succeed in our evol-ving, global economy. The Challenge is part of the assembly's commitment to providing a quality education to the youth of New York State.

"Nurturing a child's love for reading begins at home. We ask parents and child- ren to participate in the Summer Read-ing Challenge and help foster a generation of lifelong readers," Assemblyman Maisel said.

Maisel and his predecessor, Frank Sed-dio, have promoted the program annually for several years.

For information about the assembly's 2009 Summer Reading Challenge, write Assemblyman Alan Maisel at 2424 Ralph Avenue; send an E-mail to Maisela@assembly.state.ny.us, or call the assemblyman's district office at 1-718-968-2770.

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