SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez is reminding students on summer vacation that all forms related to the Summer Reading Challenges need to be in by Aug. 1.
There’s still time to download the forms and enter the competition.
“We are just three weeks away from the deadline for the Summer Reading Challenges,” Martinez said. “I urge all students to make sure they submit the paperwork for all of the books they read this summer by Aug. 1. It’s also not too late for students to get involved in the reading challenges. Information on how to participate is available online.”
In May, the Governor launched four summer reading challenges for New Mexico students. The challenges were designed to help prevent the “summer slide,” where students often lose a portion of their reading proficiency during the summer months and must catch up on their skills when they return to school in August.
Details about each reading challenge can be found here, including information on who is eligible to participate, contest rules, and the myriad of prizes that are being offered. You can also pick up the brochure and reading log at any of the State’s eight museums and eight historical monuments.
“Students who read this summer and return their forms by Aug. 1 can win some amazing prizes, including a family trip to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida,” Martinez said. “But the real prize for our kids comes in honing a life-long skill that is the key to learning after the third grade. Learning to read well at an early age is critical to academic success and, ultimately, to success in the workplace and in life.”
In addition to smaller prizes being provided to all participating readers, grand prizes for winning students will include opportunities like riding in a hot air balloon with Governor Martinez, meeting the Aggies or Lobo’s basketball head coach and being recognized on the floor of the Pit or the Pan Am Center before a basketball game, participating in a New Mexico True family vacation to places like Ruidoso and Red River, working on an authentic fossil dig at a New Mexico dig site, and even going on an all-expenses paid family trip to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Fla.
For the “New Mexico True” reading challenge, the mid-size city and small town that has the highest level of student participation in the reading competition will receive a free community-wide reading celebration, hosted by the Governor and sponsored by Comcast.