(HARTFORD, CT)- Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Commissioner of Education, Dianna R. Wentzell, State Librarian Kendall Wiggin, and school representatives from throughout the state kicked off the 2016 Connecticut Reads Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge at the Connecticut State Library. Governor Malloy, Commissioner of Education, Dianna R. Wentzell, and State Librarian Kendall Wiggin stressed the importance of reading during the summer and recognized top-performing schools from the 2015 Summer Reading Challenge.
“If we want our children to thrive in school and have a bright future, we need to cultivate an early love of reading,” Governor Malloy said. “We are making progress — Connecticut students are among the top readers in the country and our graduation rate continues to climb. This program keeps students going strong over the summer with books that ignite their imagination and develop critical reading skills. I want to congratulate and thank all the participating schools, districts, and libraries.”
“When children discover the joy and thrill of reading, they embark on a journey that builds knowledge, sharpens vocabulary, and opens up a world of possibility,” Commissioner Wentzell said. “Programs like the Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge encourage children to cultivate their love of reading and practice skills that will prepare them for success down the road. We congratulate all the schools and students honored today. We also thank our local school and library partners for your commitment to helping students and families engage in summer reading programs.”
“Connecticut’s public libraries are filled with many interesting books that make reading exciting no matter the child’s interests. They are staffed by librarians who are eager to help children and parents find the right books for their reading adventure” said State Librarian Kendall Wiggin. “The Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge demonstrates the value of partnerships and the important role schools and libraries play in advancing education.”
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. The summer reading program also supports community initiatives run by local public libraries and recognizes “Outstanding Public Library-School Partnerships.” Students have read millions of books since the program began in 1996. More information is available at Connecticut Reads.