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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2013 Archives > August 2013 > Mayor Brown Awards City Youth For Summer Reading Achievement

Mayor Brown Awards City Youth For Summer Reading Achievement

August 24, 2014 - Students from Buffalo  turned out in big numbers to celebrate and be a part of ‘Mayor Brown’s Annual Reading Rules! Kids Summer Reading Challenge’ award ceremony. More than 1,100 students, in grades K-12, successfully completed Mayor Brown’s summer reading challenge.

“Every year I am very pleased with our champion readers who productively and wisely used their summer to prepare for the next school year,” said Mayor Brown. “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.

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. More than 8,600 children have completed the program since 2006.

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.