Monday, May 14, 2018
Oklahoma City Councilwoman Meg Salyer and children’s author Brenda Maier have a big challenge for students in Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS): They want students to read 1 million minutes during summer break.
Salyer and Maier launched ReadOKC’s second-annual “Get in the Game” summer reading challenge at Johnson Elementary on Monday.
“It is critical that everyone in our community develops a love of reading, so they can find out about whatever interests them and prepare for whatever life they want,” Salyer said. “Besides that, reading is a lot of fun. I loved reading with my daughter, and I hope all OKCPS students will play their part in helping us reach our 1 million minute goal.”
Students at Johnson – as well as Quail Creek, Telstar, Rancho Village and Adams elementary schools – each received a certificate for a free book from Scholastic Book Fairs from Maier, the author of “The Little Red Fort.”
“I loved books as a child, and writing became my dream job,” Maier said. “I feel so lucky to get to do bring my ideas to life. I hope taking part in the ‘Get in the Game’ challenge will help students in OKCPS discover their passions and learn how to make them reality.”
ReadOKC will host a series of events throughout the summer to promote literacy. In the fall, events at each OKCPS elementary school will celebrate students’ accomplishments. The top students and schools will receive special prizes.
“Our first year of the ‘Get in the Game’ challenge blew us away,” said Mary Mélon, president and CEO of the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools. “This year, we want to push our students to read even more so they can be ready to learn and grow when school starts up again.”
ReadOKC is an initiative of the Oklahoma City Public Schools Compact, which promotes the love of reading to OKCPS elementary students. The Oklahoma City Public Schools Compact’s primary mission is to create and stimulate ownership of OKCPS and its outcomes. It comprises of: Oklahoma City Public Schools, the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, the United Way of Central Oklahoma, and the City of Oklahoma City.
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