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Reading challenge

Assemblyman Peter J. Abbate, Jr. reminds children and families that the New York State Assembly’s 2008 Summer Reading Challenge is just around the corner.

“Summer is a wonderful time to read books. Whether you are at home, enjoying the outdoors or traveling to visit family and friends, reading opens your imagination and gives you the opportunity to learn many new things,” Abbate said.

The New York State Assembly encourages children and parents to make reading a habit through its annual Summer Reading Challenge program. To receive a New York State Assembly Excellence in Reading Certificate, children must read with a parent for fifteen minutes a day, for at least 40 days throughout July and August.

“We live in a world where there is so much technology that it is easy to forget about the importance of reading. Studies show that children who read at home are better prepared to succeed in formal education. This program gives children a chance to get away from their digital music and video games, televisions, and computers and engage in an activity that improves their spelling. Vocabulary, pronunciation and reading skills. And it is a wonderful opportunity for family and friends to spend true quality time together,” Abbate added.

This year’s budget made a historic investment in New York’s education to help ensure students succeed in our ever changing economy. The Challenge is part of the Assembly’s commitment to providing a quality education to the youth of New York State.

“Reading is a fun and beneficial pastime and a crucial tool for our children’s education. Nurturing a child’s love for reading begins at home. We ask parents and children to participate in the Summer Reading Challenge and help foster a generation of lifelong readers,” Abbate stated.

For more about the Assembly’s 2008 Summer Reading Challenge, contact Abbate’s Office at either 8500 18th Avenue (718-236-1764) or 6419 11th Avenue (718-232-9565).

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