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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: May 14, 2015 02:22 PM
From: Representative Vanessa Lowery Brown
To: All House members
Subject: A Resolution Recognizing Summer Reading Programs and Designating the Months of June, July and August 2015 as the Observance of “Summer Reading Games 2015” in Pennsylvania
In the very near future, I will be introducing a resolution that recognizes Pennsylvania’s libraries for offering summer reading programs, encouraging youths to participate in these programs and recommending that their parents support and promote reading during the summer months.

This resolution also urges legislators and community leaders alike to assist with summer reading programs and, most importantly, designates the months of June, July and August of 2015 as “Summer Reading Games 2015” in Pennsylvania.

Studies commissioned by Johns Hopkins University researchers have found that disadvantaged youth fall significantly behind other students because of a lack of access to reading materials and a lack of encouragement in the home to participate in reading. This lack of reading outside of the school year consequently results in achievement gaps not only academically, but also later in life.

Communities that offer summer reading programs encourage our youth to develop reading as a lifelong habit. These programs also draw in reluctant readers through other related activities and help to ensure that children, particularly those in disadvantaged homes, read over the course of the summer to maintain and enhance their reading skills. Additionally, these programs serve to generate interest in libraries and the myriad services that they offer.

Therefore, I would like to encourage my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to please join me promoting this very important initiative.

For more information about this resolution, please contact April Rucker at 717.783.3822 or ARucker@pahouse.net.

Introduced as HR358