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Saturday, May 18, 2013

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Florida's First Lady Encourages Summer Literacy Adventures

- Program kicks off summer learning at Florida parks and museums -

Tallahassee, Fla., May 18, 2013 - Surrounded by hundreds of elementary and middle school students, yesterday Florida First Lady Ann Scott kicked off an exciting program combining outdoor activity and literacy.

The 2013 Summer Literacy Adventure Program, a partnership with the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, encourages children to stay active and motivated about reading during this year's summer break. Mrs. Scott was on hand at Roland Park K-8 Magnet School in Tampa to challenge students to read as many books as possible throughout the summer.

"Reading has always been an important part of my life," said Mrs. Scott. "I want to challenge all of Florida's students to join me in taking the Summer Literacy Adventure Pledge and read as many books as possible, while enjoying our state's beautiful parks."

Studies have shown students who read throughout the year are better able to retain their knowledge and continue learning. 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.

"Strong reading skills are the foundation needed to learn every other subject," said Commissioner of Education Dr. Tony Bennett. "When students read regularly they gain confidence and ultimately do better in school and in life."

Each student can fill out his or her reading pledge on the Summer Literacy Adventure website. At the end of the summer, program representatives will announce which school has pledged to read the most books, and the winning school will receive a special visit from Mrs. Scott.

To learn more about the program, watch First Lady Ann Scott's 2013 Summer Literacy Adventure video. For more valuable resources for students and parents, visit the Just Read, Florida! Office website.