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Mayor Brown Awards City Youth for Summer Reading Achievement


BUFFALO – A record number of Champion Readers and their families celebrated Mayor Byron Brown’s 15th annual Reading Rules! Summer Reading Challenge today at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. This year, nearly 2,000 students, in grades K-12, successfully completed Mayor Brown’s summer reading challenge. Nearly 13,000 Champion Readers in Buffalo have completed the challenge since 2006.

“Every year I am pleased with our champion readers who productively and wisely used their summer to prepare for the next school year,” said Mayor Brown. “15 years and going strong, my summer reading challenge continues to help increase literacy in our community. It is critical that our youth continue to learn, even during the summer, and Reading Rules provides them with wonderful incentives to do just that.”

According to educational research, a few months of no reading can impact a student and compounds over the years; by the time children reach middle school, those who haven't read during the summers may have lost as much as two years worth of achievement.

Buffalo School Superintendent Kriner Cash stated, “I want to congratulate the children of Buffalo who participated in Mayor Brown’s 2016 Reading Rules! Challenge! I am told that 1,900 students completed the program this year, reading a near total of 13,000 books! I applaud Mayor Brown for his 15-year effort to support and incentivize reading in the City of Buffalo and in our schools. Encouraging children to be proficient and joyful readers is embedded in the first plank of my New Education Bargain with Students and Parents through rigorous early elementary education and reduced reading class sizes in the earliest grades. Summer reading for fun and practice, at any age, is key to maintaining skills learned in school. I challenge you to keep reading every day, all year round!”

Participants of the Mayor’s summer reading challenge are required to read 7 books for those in grades K-8 and 4 books for grades 9-12. Each completed book must be summarized and submitted to the Mayor’s Office in exchange for an invitation to today’s prize ceremony.

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. This year, student participants read a combined 13,000 books for the 2016 challenge.

This year’s sponsors and partners included the City of Buffalo, Buffalo Police Athletic League, Buffalo Zoo, Buffalo Water operated by Veolia Water, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, AT&T, Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, Buffalo Metro Federal Credit Union, Buffalo Teachers Federation, Delaware North Companies, Dollar General, Dupont, Ferguson Electric, First Student, Frey Electric, Lamparelli Construction, M&T Bank, Mighty Taco, National Fuel, NFTA Metro Bus, R&P Oak Hill, Spot Coffee, Tops Markets, UPS, West Herr. AEP Books & Media, AdPro Sports, BAK USA, Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, The Buffalo History Museum, Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, Buffalo Public Schools, Buffalo Science Museum, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Canisius, Desi’s Produce, Key Bank, Say Yes to Education, Sky Zone Trampoline Park, Metro PCS, National Grid, New Era, Project Flight, Read to Succeed Buffalo, Target, Ted’s Hot Dogs, TR Inaugural Site, UB, University Pediatric Dentistry, Upstate Farms, Wegmans, Your Care Health Care.

In addition, Mayor Brown mentioned that as part of its continued partnership with the city, the Buffalo Albright-Knox Gundlach Art Museum offered free admission to the museum and the Shade: Clyfford Still/Mark Bradford Exhibit - to each Reading Rules participant and one guardian from July 1-August 31, 2016.