Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn) invites students who live in or attend school in the 45th Assembly District to participate in his annual Summer Reading Challenge. Families may check eligibility here.
The challenge asks children to read a book for a minimum of 15 minutes a day for at least 40 days during July and August. Children can read on their own or with a partner or caregiver and mark off days on the Summer Reading calendar. You may find and print the Summer Reading Challenge calendar here.
After children have read for 40 days or more, parents should mail the calendar to Assemblyman Cymbrowitz district office. Sometime in the fall, he will present students who complete the Summer Reading challenge with Certificates of Merit recognizing their accomplishment.
Summer reading is a great way for kids to pass the time on their days off and is highly effective in maintaining their academic skills. Too often, kids reading levels slip during the summer, a phenomenon known as summer slide, and they spend crucial time in the fall trying to catch back up, sometimes with great difficulty, Assemblyman Cymbrowitz said.
Ensuring kids have time during their breaks to pick up a good book isnt only a great way to have fun it prepares them for the new school year by keeping their young minds active, he said.