Wednesday, May 11, 2011

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 4:  A student at Ohio ...


Columbus- Local elementary school students could find themselves at the State Capitol as a “Lawmaker for a Day” if they participate in this fall’s unique reading contest sponsored by State Representative Pete A. Beck (R-Mason).
Beck is teaming with local libraries to help promote their fall reading program through his sponsorship of the contest, in hopes to help retain and improve students’ reading skills while encouraging a lifelong passion for reading. Students can pick up special contest bookmarks at any of the libraries within the 67th Ohio House District, starting Friday, November 13.
“We need to do everything possible to show our children how important and exciting reading can be and to make sure reading doesn’t become a lost art,” Beck said. “I encourage parents to get their young children involved with the reading contest. It’s a fun, simple way to help students continue to learn during the school year and develop that healthy thirst of knowledge.”
Students can use the back of the contest bookmarks to list the books they've read. They can then drop off the bookmarks in contest boxes at the libraries. Completed bookmarks should be dropped off at the libraries by December 18th, and the drawing will take place at a later date.
The number of books read by young people during the fall is consistently related to academic gains, according to several studies. Children in every income group who also read six or more books over the fall gained more in reading achievement. Local libraries involved in the contest are Mason, Springboro, Franklin, and Lebanon Public Libraries.
Beck said the program also will provide the added benefit of encouraging young people to use local libraries.  For more information about the contest or for additional bookmarks, residents can contact State Representative Pete A. Beck at 77 S. High St, Columbus, Ohio 43215, by phone at (614) 644-6027, or email
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