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Broke Buffalo Record For Summer Reading
Contact: Lorey Schultz, (716) 851-5545, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 www.city-buffalo.com.
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Photos by Angel Art LTP, compliments of the Greater Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additional photos by Adrian Roselli, compliments of Algonquin Studios