Tallahassee, Fla., June 8, 2012 – Florida First Lady Ann Scott today joined the Department of Education (DOE), the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and partners including Scholastic and MetaMetrics, at the Tallahassee Museum to kick off the 2012 Summer Literacy Adventure. The Summer Literacy Adventure program is geared toward helping children stay on target and motivated about reading year round. During summer vacation, it is especially important for students to spend time reading and writing on a regular basis whether the student is a beginning or proficient reader. This special program invites children to take the challenge and read as many books as possible throughout the summer.
“Reading is the foundation of all learning and I encourage Florida’s students and families to spend time together this summer and focus on literacy,” said First Lady Scott. “We know that children who continue to engage in reading over the summer will retain more of what they learned during the school year. Families can enjoy reading in Florida’s beautiful state parks and museums while learning interactively.”
“The First Lady’s Literacy program promotes the importance of education as well as the magic that can be discovered while reading outdoors,” said Florida Park Service Director Donald Forgione. “There is no better place to experience the power of a book than Florida’s backyard, and we welcome this enthusiasm for reading throughout the Florida state park system. We encourage our kids to explore how the beauty of nature can enhance the reading experience outside the bindings of a book.”
Each student can fill out their reading pledge on the Just Read, Florida! website. At the end of the summer, the department will tally up which schools have the most participants. The winning school will be announced in the fall and will receive free passes to any Florida State Park. Students who take the pledge may also utilize a free online tool to search for books based on their reading ability and interests. The DOE, through MetaMetrics, offers a unique resource called “Find a Book, Florida” that uses Lexile® measures, a widely adopted reading metric, that can guide a reader to the appropriate level book. Each year, more than 30 million Lexile® measures are reported from reading assessments and programs—representing over half of our nation’s students.
For more information about the 2012 Summer Literacy Adventure, visit http://www.justreadflorida.com/pdf/SummerReadingAdventure2012.pdf.
The DOE’s Just Read, Florida! Office offers a Recommended Summer Reading List and other valuable reading resources for students and families. To learn about these resources, visit www.justreadflorida.com.