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Governor Doug Ducey And Mrs. Angela Ducey Visit Arizona Schools To Encourage Summer Reading

April 26, 2016

Gov. And First Lady To Promote Importance Of Childhood Literacy Year-Round

PHOENIX - Governor Doug Ducey and First Lady Angela Ducey will launch a summer reading initiative with a joint appearance at BASIS Phoenix Central school on May 9, 2016. The initiative encourages Arizona’s youth to stay sharp in their off-time by spending time every day reading and learning throughout the summer months. During their visit to BASIS Phoenix Central, the governor and First Lady will tour the school and read to students in a kindergarten class.

“Making sure Arizona’s students stay mentally engaged and active over the summer months is essential to maintaining educational excellence year-round,” said Governor Ducey. “Research shows that early-childhood reading proficiency is one of the strongest indicators of a student’s likelihood of graduating from high school.”

First Lady Angela Ducey will visit several Arizona schools in May 2016 as a Scholastic Summer Reading Ambassador. During her visits, First Lady Ducey will read to students and encourage active reading over summer break, emphasizing the vital home-to-school connection during the transitional summer months. Scholastic Book Company will be donating books to each school the First Lady visits, putting books directly into the hands of children who otherwise may not have access to new, quality books.

The summer reading initiative aims to combat “summer slide” – the tendency for students to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. Research shows that children who do not read during the summer months can lose up to three months of reading progress, resulting in a cumulative, long-term effect. Reading just six books during the summer may keep struggling readers from regressing. Studies prove that access to books is critical to addressing summer slide, and that children and teens tend to read more when adults in their lives encourage them to read.

“Reading is a great way to spend quality time with your kids and support their academic growth,” said First Lady Angela Ducey. “Our libraries provide terrific resources and I encourage all parents to pick up a book and read with their children for at least 20 minutes a day.”

Summer Reading School Visits:

BASIS Phoenix Central
May 9, 2016
*Governor Ducey & First Lady

Maryvale Preparatory Academy – Great Hearts Academy
May 12, 2016
*First Lady Ducey

Sunridge Elementary School
May 16, 2016
*First Lady Ducey

Escuela Manzo Elementary School
May 18, 2016
*First Lady Ducey

Click here to see Governor Ducey’s Summer Reading PSA.

Click here to learn more about Read On Arizona’s Summer Reading efforts.

Click here to find a library near you.


For more information or assistance, contact Dawn Wallace at: 602-542-1316