Summer vacation is just around the corner and once again Gov. Gary Locke has issued his summer reading challenge.

He is challenging all young people to read 15 hours or more. If they read an average of 20 minutes a day, five days a week between the time school is out in June and Labor Day, that goal can be met. All young people who read 15 hours this summer and report to the office of the governor, will receive a certificate of recognition and become eligible for a drawing for a trip to Disneyland for one family of four.

For more information about this log on to www.governor.wa.gov /summerreadingchallenge.

To help ensure local participation the 3rd - 5th graders from Naselle will be challenged to sign a Summer Reading Covenant. This will be a document with which the student, parents, teacher and the principal all agree to hold up their end of the covenant. The student will commit to 20 minutes of reading per day. The parents will make sure that this happens by ensuring that their child has books to read and time to do it.

In September, the teacher and the principal, Mrs. Wirkkala, will recognize their achievement. If the student fulfills their reading commitment, they will automatically meet the governor's summer reading challenge.

The Naselle-Grays River Valley School District staff and board want to encourage all students to participate in this program. It is a painless way to help students maintain and improve their reading skills, which are so key to success in school.

In addition, Timberland Regional Library sponsors a summer reading program, which certainly complements the governor's program. At the writing of this article, the particulars of this year's program are not available, but will be soon. Students will be coming home with information as soon as it becomes available.

Reading, like playing a musical instrument or shooting baskets, is a skill, and like other skills, it improves with practice. Please encourage your child to read this summer.

Thanks,

Gerald Schmidtke Superintendent

Naselle-Grays River Valley School District

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