Wednesday, August 22, 2012

PHOTOS: Brownback honors two KCK students

News Release

The top readers of the Read Kansas Read summer reading program and their families joined Governor Sam Brownback and First Lady Mary Brownback for a picnic and celebration catered by Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers at Cedar Crest on Saturday.

Read Kansas Read is a summer reading program launched last May by Governor Brownback, the Kansas State Board of Education and the State Library of Kansas.

Students across Kansas spent the summer recording the books they read on their reading logs.

On August 1st, more than 400 readers turned in their reading logs that listed more than 10,000 books read during the two month period.

Two K-12 students from each of the ten State Board of Education districts who read the most number of books were invited to join the Governor and First Lady for the picnic.

“What a great summer of reading we had in Kansas. The reading logs we received were all very impressive, and the First Lady and I want to congratulate all the students who took part—as well as the parents, teachers and librarians who encouraged them to take part in our first summer reading program,” Governor Brownback said. “Read Kansas Read was designed to be a fun way to help children bridge the gap between classroom learning in the spring and the fall. Even though not everyone could win, developing the habit to read over the summer will yield rewards for you for the rest of your life – and help you prepare for school this fall.”

Darick Charles and Tatiana Javier were two students in Kansas City, Kan., who were honored. Their photos are above.