(Hartford)- May 8, 2015, Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Commissioner of Education Dianna R. Wentzell, and State Librarian Kendall Wiggin, kicked off CONNECTICUT READS – the 2015 Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge at the Connecticut State Library. Students and school representatives from twenty-six top-performing schools from the 2014 Summer Reading Challenge were recognized. “We know that in order for children to have a brighter tomorrow, they need to read over the summer now. We’ve made progress – graduation rates are up, the achievement gap is down, and we’re preparing children for college and careers like never before. But to keep moving Connecticut forward into the future, we need to instill in children a genuine love of learning now. That’s just what this program does,” Gov. Malloy said. “I would like to congratulate and thank all the participating schools and districts.” State Librarian Kendall Wiggin encouraged students to visit their public libraries this summer. Wiggin said, “There are nearly 14 million books in Connecticut’s public libraries, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a good book. Participating in your local public library’s summer reading program counts toward the Governor’s summer reading challenge.”
The theme for this year’s summer reading challenge is, “Every Hero has a Story”. The Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge is a statewide program coordinated by the Connecticut State Department of Education in conjunction with the Connecticut State Library. Schools compete based on student population and grade level. The program recognizes the schools with the highest participation rates and the highest number of books read per student. Students have read millions of books since the program began in 1996.