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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

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Governor Crist Announces Winners of “Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!” Contest

~Public Service Announcement entries promote the importance of literacy across the state ~

Tallahassee - During a visit today to Ruediger Elementary School in Tallahassee, Governor Charlie Crist announced the winners of the “Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!” contest. The statewide contest, open to all elementary, middle and high schools, asked students to create 26-second public service announcements celebrating and promoting the importance of literacy in Florida. Each first place winner received a $1,000 gift card. The second place winners received a $500 gift card, and the third place winners received a $250 gift card.

“Congratulations to the students on their prize-winning messages about the value of reading and literacy,” said Governor Crist. “Their creative and inventive visions emphasize the many benefits that reading and writing can bring for Floridians of all ages.”

Governor Crist was joined at Ruediger by Education Commissioner Eric Smith; Leon County Schools Superintendent Jackie Pons; and State Board of Education member Peter Boulware. They visited with first graders who read passages from the book Get Up and Go by Nancy Carlson.

“These students put a great deal of time and effort into producing their video messages and they’ve done a terrific job illustrating their passion for reading,” said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “I’m confident their public service announcements will encourage all Floridians to expand their love of reading.”

The goal of “Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!” is to promote the enjoyment of reading for children and adults of all ages. The department and its partner agencies and organizations have worked together to promote literacy throughout the state by raising awareness of the many programs and projects available that support reading.

The winners of the contest are as follows:

Elementary School Winners

  • First Place – R. Bruce Wagner Elementary, Polk County
  • Second Place – Palm City Elementary, Martin County
  • Third Place – Lakeview Elementary, Osceola County

Middle School Winners

  • First Place – Dunnellon Middle School, Marion County
  • Second Place – Fruit Cove Middle School, St. Johns County
  • Third Place – Indian Trails Middle School, Seminole County

High School Winners

  • First Place – Buchholz High School, Alachua County
  • Second Place – Edgewater High School, Orange County
  • Third Place – Osceola High School, Osceola County

For more information about Celebrate Literacy Week, go to