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Get your kids excited about science with this year’s ‘Summer Reading Challenge’

— Studies have shown that summer reading helps students perform better in school the following year. This year’s Summer Reading Challenge themes are science-related: “Fizz, Boom, Read!” for young readers and “Spark a Reaction” for tweens.

It’s hard to believe another school year is winding down. While summer is the time for playing outside and having fun with friends, it’s also a great time for our kids to keep reading and building on the academic progress they made during the school year. That’s why I’m hosting a “Summer Reading Challenge,” which encourages kids to keep learning during the summer and explore all of the resources their local libraries have to offer.

To participate in the program, students must read at least 40 days during July and August for at least 15 minutes a day. Calendars will be provided in the classroom before the end of the school year and will also be available at your local library. To participate, have your child mark the calendar for each day he or she has read. After 40 days have been marked, each student will have earned a New York State Assembly Excellence in Reading Certificate. To receive the certificate, send the marked calendar and attached form to my office at 7293 Buckley Road, Suite 201, N. Syracuse, NY 13212. I’ll present each student with a reading certificate by mail or in their classroom in the fall.

The following local libraries will be participating in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge:

Fayetteville Free Library

300 Orchard St. ; 637-6374

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday

Liverpool Public Library

310 Tulip St.; 457-0310

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

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