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DOE Launches 10th Annual Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge

The 10th Annual Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge

The Virgin Islands Department of Education, in partnership with the Office of the Governor, announces the launch of the 10th Annual Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge, which will run Monday, June 4 through Friday, Sept. 2.

The annual activity challenges students in grades K-6 to read five or more books during the summer in an effort to boost their literacy skills. It is also a national initiative that draws participation from governors across all 50 states and territories. Virgin Islands students will receive a packet including two books, tracking sheets and a letter from Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp encouraging them to participate.

All books included are written and illustrated by Virgin Islands or Caribbean authors—a unique feature of this year’s challenge.
“Read books on different subjects, and let your mind take you to distant shores to meet people and visit places found only in your imagination,” Mapp said.

This year, five new titles have been introduced to the Summer Reading Challenge: “Giraffe Hears the Drums,” “The Vienna Cake Mystery,” “Where I Live,” “Broo ‘Nansi and Sis Iwana” and “Dolphins of the Caribbean.”

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“The Department of Education is excited to bring new books to the Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge,” said Education Commissioner Sharon Ann McCollum. “We are urging parents to keep our young readers engaged. This is an excellent and enjoyable way to bring learning to a level of fun that entertains and enhances skills.”

At the end of the summer, students who successfully complete the challenge will be invited to attend the “Big Celebration” party hosted that will be hosted by the governor.
For more information on the 10th Annual Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge, visit www.readfive.org.


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