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ALBUQUERQUE – Governor Susana Martinez will participate tomorrow in an event launching four summer reading challenges for New Mexico students at a library in Las Cruces, alongside several sponsors and partners for the reading contests. 

Officially announced earlier this week, the summer reading challenges are designed to stop the “summer slide,” where students often lose a portion of their reading proficiency during the summer months and must catch up on their skills when they return to school in August. 

“Learning to read well at an early age is critical to academic success and, ultimately, to success in the workplace and in life,” said Governor Martinez. “I am incredibly excited by the tremendous community involvement and partnerships that we have developed in creating and launching these reading challenges, and I’m hopeful New Mexico students will read throughout the summer and take advantage of the neat prizes and adventures we have in store for them.”

Details about each reading challenge, three of which are brand new, can be found online at www.ReadingChallenge.ped.state.nm.us, including information on who is eligible to participate, contest rules, and the myriad of prizes that are being offered.

In addition to smaller prizes being provided to all participating readers, grand prizes for winning students will include opportunities like riding in a hot air balloon with Governor Martinez, meeting the Aggies basketball head coach and being recognized on the floor of the Pan Am Center before a basketball game, participating in a New Mexico True family vacation to places like Ruidoso and Red River, working on an authentic fossil dig at a New Mexico dig site, and even going on an all-expenses paid family trip to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, FL. 

WHO:   Governor Susana Martinez

            Miss Teen New Mexico – Addi Smith

    NMSU Athletic Director Dr. McKinley Boston

    NMSU Head Football Coach Doug Martin

    NMSU Head Basketball Coach Marvin Menzies

            Public Education Department – Secretary Hanna Skandera

NM Tourism Department – Veronica Valencia

            Dept. of Cultural Affairs – Deputy Secretary Michael Delello and State Librarian Devon Skeele

           

WHAT:  Governor Susana Martinez and numerous community partners will discuss the launch of four summer reading challenges for New Mexico students. 

WHEN:  Friday, May 24, 2:30pm

WHERE: Branigan Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave, Las Cruces


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