Advisory: Juneau Launching Summer 6 Reading Challenge at Rossiter School


Wednesday, May 30, 2012
By Allyson Hagen
406-444-3160

MEDIA ADVISORY for
Thursday, May 31, 2012

Contact: Allyson Hagen, ahagen2@mt.gov, 406-444-3160

Superintendent Juneau Launching Summer 6 Reading Challenge
Juneau to Give Away Thousands of Books this Summer

Helena, MT – Superintendent Denise Juneau will be at Rossiter School in Helena on Thursday, May 31 to launch the "Summer 6 Reading Challenge" and give away books to young readers and local summer programs that serve children when school is not in session.

"This summer, I'm reaching out to students, parents, libraries, schools and organizations that serve children during the summer and asking them to join me in taking the Summer 6 Reading Challenge to make sure students don't lose the reading skills they've worked so hard on during the school year while they are on summer vacation," said Superintendent Juneau. "As a former English teacher, instilling a love of reading in Montana students is of special importance to me; however, we all know how critical reading skills are for the future success of our children."

Research shows that students who don’t read during the summer break run the risk of losing some of their reading comprehension skills and have a much harder time catching up when school starts again in the fall. This is called the “summer slide.” Over the years, the achievement gap widens between students who read during the summer break and those who don’t. Research also demonstrates that reading just six books during the summer can help keep a struggling reader from falling behind.

WHO:  Superintendent Denise Juneau, Pad McCracken, Lewis and Clark Library, Rossiter School Principal Kareen Bangert, Jennie Stapp, Montana State Librarian and book club students at Rossiter Elementary School

WHAT:  Superintendent Juneau will announce the details of the Summer 6 Reading Challenge, including ways parents, libraries, students and organizations that serve children can get involved. Juneau will also read with students, give away books, and sign students up for the Summer 6 Reading Challenge.

WHEN:  Thursday, May 31, 12:00 pm – 12:35 pm

WHERE:  Rossiter School Library, 1497 Sierra Road East, Helena

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