GOV. MALLOY KICKS OFF- the 2018 Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge and honors Reading Achievements of Top-Performing Schools and Students in Connecticut

(Hartford, CT)- May 8, 2018, Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Commissioner of Education Dianna R. Wentzell, and Connecticut State Library Director of the Division of Library Development Dawn La Valle kicked off the 2018 Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge at the Connecticut State Library. Students and school representatives from nineteen top-performing schools from the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge were recognized.

“Research shows that reading is crucial to a child’s brain development and intellectual stimulation and sets the foundation for all other learning,” Governor Malloy said. “However, many young people who do not keep their minds active during the summer break will suffer learning setbacks and can lose more than two months’ progress in reading achievement. The Summer Reading Challenge is a fun way to ensure that the knowledge students developed during the school year does not stall over the course of their summer vacations.”

“The Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge allows children to discover the joy of getting into a great book that will lead to a lifelong love of reading,” Commissioner Wentzell said. “Congratulations to all of the schools and students being honored today and thank you to all of our school and library partners for helping to make this program a success.”

“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 Libraries Rock. 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.