U.S. Governors And Governors’ Spouses Sign On As Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge “Reading Ambassadors”

June 19, 2014

41 Gubernatorial Spouses and 4 Governors promote the importance of summer reading by hosting reading events in their states; Scholastic donates 500 books per state on their behalf

NEW YORK, June 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — U.S. Governors and Governors’ Spouses have pledged to help spread the important message about children reading over the summer by signing on as Reading Ambassadors for the 2014 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, a free, global reading program that motivates children to read throughout the out-of-school summer months in order to prevent the effects of the “summer slide” – the learning losses which can occur when school is not in session. Forty-one Governors’ Spouses, plus the Governors of Arizona, Colorado, Illinois and Vermont, will host reading events and/or provide book donations to schools in their respective states. In honor of each Reading Ambassador, Scholastic will donate 500 books to the school of his or her choice.


Teachers, schools and families can register their children in grades K-8 and access free summer reading tools at scholastic.com/summer.

The following Governors and Governors’ Spouses are serving as Reading Ambassadors for the 2014 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge:

    --  Alabama - First Lady Dianne Bentley
    --  Alaska - First Lady Sandy Parnell
    --  Arizona - Governor Janice Brewer
    --  Arkansas - First Lady Ginger Beebe
    --  California - First Lady Anne Brown
    --  Colorado - Governor John Hickenlooper
    --  Connecticut - First Lady Cathy Malloy
    --  Delaware - First Lady Carla Markell
    --  Florida - First Lady Ann Scott
    --  Georgia - First Lady Sandra Deal
    --  Hawaii - First Lady Dr. Nancie Caraway
    --  Idaho - First Lady Lori Otter
    --  Illinois - Governor Pat Quinn
    --  Iowa - First Lady Christine Branstad
    --  Kansas - First Lady Mary Brownback
    --  Kentucky - First Lady Jane Beshear
    --  Louisiana - First Lady Supriya Jindal
    --  Maine - First Lady Ann LePage
    --  Maryland - First Lady Judge Katie O'Malley
    --  Michigan - First Lady Sue Snyder
    --  Mississippi - First Lady Deborah Bryant
    --  Missouri - First Lady Georganne Nixon
    --  Montana - First Lady Lisa Bullock
    --  Nebraska - First Lady Sally Ganem
    --  Nevada - First Lady Kathleen Sandoval
    --  New Hampshire - First Gentleman Tom Hassan
    --  New Mexico - First Gentleman Chuck Franco
    --  North Carolina - First Lady Ann McCrory
    --  North Dakota - First Lady Betsy Dalrymple
    --  Ohio - First Lady Karen Waldbillig Kasich
    --  Oklahoma - First Gentleman Wade Christensen
    --  Oregon - First Lady Cylvia Hayes
    --  Pennsylvania - First Lady Susan Corbett
    --  Rhode Island - First Lady Stephanie Chafee
    --  South Dakota - First Lady Linda Daugaard
    --  St. Thomas Virgin Islands - First Lady Cecile de Jongh
    --  Tennessee - First Lady Crissy Haslam
    --  Texas - First Lady Anita Perry
    --  Utah - First Lady Jeanette Herbert
    --  Vermont - Governor Peter Shumlin
    --  Virginia - First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe
    --  Washington - First Lady Trudi Inslee
    --  West Virginia - First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin
    --  Wisconsin - First Lady Tonette Walker
    --  Wyoming - First Lady Carol Mead

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge highlights:

    --  More than one million students have logged over 140 million minutes to
        date, with more students signing up every day. Their goal is to beat
        last year's summer reading world record of 176,438,473 minutes read.
    --  Free summer reading resources are available for teachers, parents and
        children, including summer book lists, expert tips, activity sheets and
    --  Bestselling author Gordon Korman (The Hypnotists) and bestselling
        author-illustrator David Shannon (Bugs in My Hair!) will visit the top
        U.S. middle school and top U.S. elementary school, respectively, with
        the most reading minutes logged by September 5, 2014.
    --  The top 20 U.S. schools with the most reading minutes recorded by
        September 5 will be featured in the 2015 Scholastic Book of World
    --  Summer reading apps include the Scholastic Reading Timer, an app to
        enter reading minutes on-the-go, and the Scholastic Parents Facebook
        calendar app, which features daily links ranging from expert tips to
        articles to family-friendly activities.


    --  "It's up to us--the parents, teachers, and community leaders across the
        country--to come together and send a powerful message to our children
        about the importance and joy of reading during the summer," said
        Oklahoma First Gentleman Wade Christensen, Chairman of the Spouses'
        Leadership Committee for the National Governors Association. "By putting
        books into the hands of children nationwide, we are encouraging them to
        spark their imaginations. At the same time, they will develop their
        vocabulary, comprehension and critical thinking skills. Whether reading
        independently or with their parents, all that matters is that children
        are reading."
    --  "We are extremely thankful for the ever-growing support from these
        Governors and Governors' Spouses, who are encouraging students to not
        only strengthen their reading skills but also to be inspired by the
        stories, characters and ideas they can discover in great books," said
        Richard Robinson, Chairman, President and CEO, Scholastic. "The Reading
        Ambassadors serve as positive reading role-models for students in their
        states and play a vital role in communicating with parents about the
        importance of summer reading for their child's educational growth and
        for developing a lifelong love of reading."

Summer reading statistics:

Source: PR Newswire

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