(Hartford, CT)- May 19, 2017, Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Commissioner of Education Dianna R. Wentzell, and State Librarian Kendall Wiggin, kicked off CONNECTICUT READS – the 2017 Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge at the Connecticut State Library. Students and school representatives from twenty-seven top-performing schools from the 2016 Summer Reading Challenge were recognized.
“Connecticut is making progress in education – our students are among the top readers in the nation and our graduation rate continues to climb,” Governor Malloy said. “But to keep moving Connecticut forward into the future, we need to help our children develop critical reading skills while they are young.”
“Developing an early love of reading sets the foundation for success in school and beyond,” Commissioner Wentzell said. “Programs like the Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge are a great way to engage our youth in positive, academically enriching activities and safeguard against summer learning loss.”
“The State Library is proud to be a partner with the Department of Education in promoting the Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge,” said State Librarian Kendall Wiggin. “The Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge is a wonderful opportunity for our state’s students to visit their local libraries and discover a great book from among the nearly 14 million books in Connecticut’s public libraries.”
The theme for this year’s summer reading challenge is “Build a Better World”. 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.