Summer: Get children to open a book

In two weeks, summer officially begins with the end of the school year. But that does not mean the learning should stop.

Our two state representatives, Sen. Catharine Young and Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, are hoping area youth continue to read during July and August so that they are ready for the new year in September. Last week, both Young and Goodell sent out news releases urging our students to take part in a statewide Summer Reading Program.

“Opening a book can take students on an adventure that could eclipse any type of summer vacation,” Young said. “A book can be enjoyed on a sunny day under a tree, on the beach or inside during one of summer’s rainy days. Hopefully students take advantage of this fantastic program that promotes reading so that they can hit the ground running when their classes resume in September.”

Children that spend time reading for 40 days during July and August will receive a certificate from Young and Goodell. Brochures can be obtained from area libraries or by contacting the representatives’ offices in Jamestown in the Fenton Building.