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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2012 Archives > September 2012 > Broke Buffalo Record For Summer Reading

Broke Buffalo Record For Summer Reading

Contact: Lorey Schultz, (716) 851-5545,

Mayor Brown awards a record number of readers at his 11th annual Reading Rules!
Kids Summer Reading Challenge!

September 8, 2012 -  Children who live in the City of Buffalo set a new record for summer reading this year.  Mayor Byron Brown announced today at the annual ‘Reading Rules! Kids Summer Reading Challenge Award Ceremony’ at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center that more than 1,500 students, entering grades K-12, successfully completed this year’s summer reading challenge.

“Congratulations to our champion readers who kept on reading throughout the summer, discovering the world of books, gaining confidence and learning new skills,” said Mayor Brown.  “This has been another productive summer for many local youth and their families who understand the importance of academic preparedness.  Every year, the challenge gets bigger and better, thanks to enthusiastic children, supportive parents and generous sponsors.”

Participants in grades K-8 were required to read 7 books and submit a narrative summary on each book, while high school students were required to read 5 books plus the summaries. In 2011, 1,400 kids completed the reading challenge and 9,800 books. This year that number has jumped to a record level of nearly 1,500 youth completing the challenge, reading over 11,000 books.  Nearly 7,500 children have completed the program since 2006.

“Reading Rules” began in 2001 when Mayor Brown served in the New York State Senate to address the literacy problem in New York State, in particular in the City of Buffalo and Western New York. Mayor Brown started the literacy effort to encourage school children to read books throughout the summer, and submit written summaries of each book they had read.  In return, Mayor Brown invited those who completed the challenge to a prize ceremony.

This year’s ceremony took place on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, where champion readers received a certificate of achievement, a Mayor’s Summer Reading souvenir t-shirt, free admission passes to The Buffalo Zoo, The Buffalo Museum of Science, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, the Albright Knox Art Gallery, The Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, and books, discount coupons, a box of General Mills cereal and much more.

In addition, a variety of special prizes were raffled off at the program’s awards ceremony, including: Lap top and tablet computers, bicycles, Sony Playstation Systems, I-Pods, High Definition Televisions, Games, Toys, Educational Incentive packages,  loaded book bags, gift certificates, and much more.

This year’s sponsors were: City of Buffalo, The Buffalo Zoo, The Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, Intense Milk, Buffalo Water, The Buffalo Museum of Science, Lamparelli Construction, The Hatch, The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, Desi’s Produce, Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, Lamar, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Emedco, AT&T, M&T Bank, Dollar General, Wendy’s, Wal-Mart, National Fuel, Buffalo Metropolitan Federal Credit Union, General Mills, Buffalo Teacher’s Federation, Delaware North Companies Ad Pro Sports, Alternative Information Systems, Darien Lake Theme Park, Martin’s Fantasy Island, UPS and Rosen Publishing.  Collaborative partners include: Buffalo Public Schools, Project Flight, Buffalo Read to Succeed, Buffalo & Erie County Libraries and The Buffalo Police Athletic League.

For more information about the program, please call the Mayor’s Division for Youth at (716) 851-READ (7323). You may also log on to