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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2015 Archives > June 2015 > Mayor Brown Kicks-Off 14th Annual Reading Rules!

Mayor Brown Kicks-Off 14th Annual Reading Rules!

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Reading Rules 2015BUFFALO – Mayor Byron Brown, joined by students from PS #94 West Hertel Academy, kicked off the Mayor’s annual Reading Rules! Kids Summer Reading Challenge. The summer program, now in its 14th year, is designed to help students maintain and improve their reading and writing skills during the summer months.

“I strongly believe that regular reading keeps academic skills sharp, inspires curiosity, and best of all, fosters young people to become lifelong readers and learners,” said Mayor Brown.  “I’m pleased that so many of our city youth take part in my summer reading challenge and I encourage others to join the fun so we can get more books into the homes of children and keep them reading and learning during the summer.”

“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, specifically in Buffalo and Western New York. Mayor Brown started the literacy effort to encourage schoolchildren to read books throughout the summer, and submit written summaries of each book they had read.

Mayor Brown remarked that, “Reading Rules! is one of our hallmark initiatives and it gets better and better as the years go on. Since 2006, nearly 10,000 city students have completed the challenge, reading over 70,000 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.

Applications can be downloaded or submitted on the city of Buffalo’s home page, Book summaries must be turned in via mail, email or fax by Friday, August, 28, 2015.  You can also drop off your summaries to room 2301 in City Hall.  After you submit your summaries you will receive an invitation to our prize ceremony which will be held at the Buffalo Convention Center where you will be given a certificate of achievement, souvenir t-shirt, book bag and a chance to win many great prizes from our sponsors!

This year’s sponsors and partners include the City of Buffalo, Buffalo Police Athletic League, Buffalo Zoo, Buffalo Water operated by Veolia Water, Delaware North Companies, M&T Bank, AT&T, General Mills, Buffalo Metropolitan Federal Credit Union, Buffalo Museum of Science, National Fuel, Buffalo Public Schools, Darien Lake, Martin’s Fantasy Island, BTF, Dollar General, Alternative Information Systems, Read to Succeed Buffalo, Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, Buffalo & Erie County Library, Project Flight, Buffalo History Museum, Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, Albright-Knox Art Gallery