Pledging to read!

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  Taking place in the summer of 2017, Florida’s First Lady Ann Scott and the Florida Department of Education have partnered with the Florida Lottery and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to bring students the Summer Literacy Adventure. This project is to help students stay on the appropriate reading level for their grade, and stay motivated and excited to read and learn literature.

  The 2017 “Just Read, Florida” challenge is aimed to help students in Florida have a little bit of reading and literacy in their life over the summer. The goal of the project is to get students to read and write a little on a regular basis. To make this a little more fun though, the campaign is challenging people to make a pledge to read as many books as possible throughout summer break. The top ten schools with the highest rate of participation will be recognized by the Department of Education, and the schools whose students read the most books will receive a surprise visit from Florida’s First Lady Ann Scott.

  This challenge is to help maintain and improve students’ reading skills over the summer. This is a fun activity that lets parents be involved in their students education. One thing the Department of  Education suggests is that if a student’s school has any open media center days during the summer, they should go and get more books to read at school during the summer. They also suggest that the student should talk with anyone about what they are reading.

  One of the benefits with this challenge is that it gives everything the student needs; they just need the books and motivation to do it. The challenge even has websites (see below) that they can go to to help get themselves motivated to do this challenge. They suggest that parents read the books as well and engage in a conversation with their child, or make worksheets that follow what is happening in the book, to make sure they get both the reading and the literacy aspect in there, too.

  Overall, this is just meant to be a fun challenge to help students stay on track during the summer months so they do not do nothing school related over the summer.

ADDITIONAL STUDENT, PARENT AND TEACHER RESOURCES:

Students:

• The Just Read, Florida! website provides a list of suggested summer reading selections as well as tips for helping children with reading skills at home. http://www.justreadflorida.com

• Sunshine State Young Reader Awards Program is a statewide reading motivation program for students in grades 3-8. http://www.floridamediaed.org/

Teachers and Parents:

• Florida Public Libraries http://dos.myflorida.com/library-archives/research/floridainformation/libraries/florida-libraries/public-library-homepages/

• The Just Read, Florida! website provides a list of suggested summer reading selections as well as tips for helping children with reading skills at home. http://www.justreadflorida.com

• Just Read, Florida! parent site http://www.fldoe.org/academics/standards/just-read-fl/parents

• Just Read, Families! http://www.fldoe.org/academics/standards/just-read-fl/families

• Sunshine State Young Reader Awards Program is a statewide reading motivation program for students in grades 3-8. http://www.floridamediaed.org/

Florida First Lady Ann Scott kicking off "Just Read! Florida" in Tallahassee Source: http://www.flgov.com/
Florida First Lady Ann Scott kicking off “Just Read! Florida” in Tallahassee
Source: http://www.flgov.com/

My name is Julia Peifer, and I am a freshman at Atlantic Community High School. After I graduate I am hoping to go to the University of Tampa to study medical. My dream job is to be a forensic anthropologist. I love fashion and I love playing the flute in my free time. I am the middle of 4 children and I am a huge people person.

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