Mayor's Summer Reading Program Receives Largest Single Donation

September 27, 2013 Updated Jul 6, 2011 at 4:46 PM EDT

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Mayor's Summer Reading Program Receives Largest Single Donation

September 27, 2013 Updated Jul 6, 2011 at 4:46 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- Buffalo mayor Byron W. Brown on Wednesday announced that the participants of the 10th Annual Kids Summer Reading Challenge will receive books courtesy of Rosen Publishing Group, Inc.

Rosen Publishing CEO Roger Rosen and local staff announced the donation of 4,000 books, equivalent to $65,000.

“For 10 years, this program has consistently gained momentum and community support. This year we are pleased to have received sponsorships from nearly 40 businesses and organizations,” said Brown. “Rosen Publishing has gone above and beyond to support our local youth. I thank them for their generosity and commitment to literacy and education in Buffalo.”

Reading Rules! Kids Summer Reading Challenge is a program designed to help students entering grades K-12 maintain and improve reading and writing skills learned during the previous school year. Each student is required to read 7 books at or above their grade level, then write and submit summaries for each book by the predetermined deadline.

In 2010, over 1,000 students completed the challenge and read over 7,000 books. The program has accounted for over 43,000 books read by more than 6,200 students since 2001.

Brown started this reading program in 2001, while in the New York State Senate, to address the literacy problem in New York State, and in particular the children in the City of Buffalo. The Reading Rules! Kids Summer Reading Challenge was designed to help students maintain and improve reading skills by encouraging the students to continue reading during their summer vacations.

Rosen Publishing, Inc. is an independent educational publishing house, established in 1950 to serve the needs of students in grades Pre-K-12. Rosen publishes more than seven hundred new books each year and has a backlist of more than seven thousand. Rosen Publishing specializes in circulating reference material aimed at school and public libraries, for high interest topics such as guidance, social studies, history, science and mathematics.