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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2013 Archives > June 2013 > Mayor Brown Kicks Off 12th Annual Reading Rules

Mayor Brown Kicks Off 12th Annual Reading Rules

Contact: Lorey Schultz
              (716) 851-5545

June 25, 2013 – Mayor Byron Brown, along with students from various schools in Buffalo, today launched his 12th Annual Reading Rules! Kids Summer Reading Challenge, a highly successful program aimed at helping students entering grades K-12 maintain and improve the reading and writing skills they acquired during the school year.

“My annual summer reading challenge is creating a generation of children who love to read and will continue to love books throughout their lives,” said Mayor Brown.  “I’m proud of my annual Reading Rules! Kids Summer Reading Challenge, one of the effective educational initiatives we continue to strengthen each year to further support our children’s learning needs and improve educational outcomes in Buffalo.”

“Reading Rules” began in 2001 when Mayor Brown served in the New York State Senate as a way 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 2012, Reading Rules set a record with over 1,500 readers completing the program, reading over 11,000 books.  Children entering grades K-8 must read 7 books from the provided list over the course of the summer, write a brief summary of 8-10 sentences on each and then return the summaries to Mayor Brown in exchange for an invitation to a prize ceremony in early fall. Each student will receive a certificate of achievement and many great prizes donated by the program’s sponsors. High School students entering 9-12 must read at least 4 books to qualify.

This year’s financial sponsors are: Buffalo Water, General Mills, M&T Bank, AT&T, Buffalo Metropolitan Federal Credit Union, National Fuel, Dollar General, Delaware North Companies, Algonquin Studios, UPS, and Lamparelli Construction Company. Collaborative partners include: Buffalo PAL, Alternative Information Systems, Buffalo Public Schools, Wendy’s, Ted’s Hot Dogs, Read to Succeed Buffalo, Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, Buffalo Museum of Science, Buffalo Zoo, Ad Pro Sports, The Hatch Restaurant, Darien Lake, TR Inaugural Site, Project Flight, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Fantasy Island, Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, and Desi Produce.